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  • Matt Duffy goes yard versus Astros
    Matt Duffy slugged his first home run as a member of the Rays on Sunday versus the Astros.

    Advice: It was a two-run shot in the top of the eighth inning that put Tampa Bay ahead 6-3. This has been a frustrating season for Duffy, who missed all of July and part of August with an Achilles injury, but he is certainly capable of finishing strong. 59 minutes ago
    New Player Note
    Matt Duffy TB - 2B,3B,SS
    W, 10-4 @Hou
  • Jefry Marte homers, drives in three vs. DET
    Jefry Marte went 1-for-2 with a two-run home run and three total RBI in Sunday's win over the Tigers.

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

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

    Advice: Pearce snapped a scoreless tie with his sixth-inning solo home run off CC Sabathia, then proceeded to pad that lead with a two-run single in the seventh. He was sidelined by an elbow injury for two weeks earlier this month, but looks to be past that now. In 239 at-bats between the Rays and O's this season, the veteran first baseman is slashing a smooth .301/.380/.510 with 12 homers and 33 RBI. Today, 2:07 pm
    New Player Note
    Steve Pearce Bal - 1B,2B,OF
    W, 5-0 @NYY
  • Schimpf races around bases for RBI triple
    Ryan Schimpf went 2-for-3 with an RBI triple in Sunday's win over the Marlins.

    Advice: Schimp rocked an RBI triple in the fourth inning. That was his fourth three-bagger of the season. In addition, the 28-year-old second baseman is slashing .242/.367/.613 with 16 homers and 38 RBI across 183 at-bats. He has now picked up seven hits in his last four games. Today, 1:53 pm
    W, 3-1 @Mia
  • Xavier Scruggs notches RBI double in loss
    Xavier Scruggs went 2-for-2 with an RBI double in Sunday's loss to the Padres.

    Advice: Scruggs picked up his first double of the season in the second inning, driving in a run in the process. He was called up on August 19 due to a strong power showing at Triple-A New Orleans. Since that promotion, the 28-year-old first baseman has managed seven hits in 23 at-bats. While he did bop 21 homers with New Orleans prior to his call-up, he has yet to show any sort of fantasy upside at the major league level. Today, 1:48 pm
  • Donaldson demolishes Twins with three homers
    Josh Doladson put on a fireworks show in Sunday's 9-6 win over the Twins, socking a trio of home runs and finishing with four RBI.

    Advice: Donaldson cracked a solo home run off Kyle Gibson in the third inning. He would homer again -- this time a two-run shot -- in the seventh inning before polishing off his impressive power showing with a final solo tater in the eighth. The reigning AL MVP has now cracked 33 home runs and driven in 91. He can pair those counting stats with a strong .294/.407/.578 triple-slash over 476 at-bats. Today, 1:33 pm
  • Sano's two-run single not enough to lift MIN
    Miguel Sano went 2-for-5 with a two-run single in Sunday's loss to the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Sano's two-run single off R.A. Dickey in the fifth inning capped off a four-run frame and put the Twins ahead 5-2. They would lose that lead over the proceeding innings, ultimately falling by a 9-6 final score. For the season as a whole, Sano is slashing .244/.330/.466 with 20 homers and 53 RBI over 352 at-bats. Looks like he might have finally clawed his way out of a horrendous mid-August skid -- the 23-year-old outfielder has now recorded two-hit performances in three of his last four games. Today, 1:24 pm
    L, 9-6 @Tor
  • Paul Goldschmidt getting a day off Sunday
    Paul Goldschmidt is not in the Diamondbacks' lineup Sunday.

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

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

    Advice: He should be OK in a day or two. Yangervis Solarte will slide across the diamond to cover for Myers, with Adam Rosales entering the lineup at third base. Today, 10:01 am
    W, 3-1 @Mia
  • Escobar (concussion) hopes to resume activity
    Yunel Escobar (concussion) is hoping to resume baseball activities on Monday.

    Advice: Escobar has been resting for over a week after being placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list. The earliest he could potentially be activated would be Wednesday. Today, 8:48 am
    7-Day DL
    W, 5-0 @Det
  • Logan Forsythe sitting out on Sunday
    Logan Forsythe is absent from the Rays' lineup Sunday.

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

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

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

    Advice: The big fly pretty much ended the game before it began as the Indians never did cross the plate all night. Moreland scored a run in the third inning on an Elvis Andrus double. He finished the night 1-for-3 with four RBI and two runs scored. He has a .253 batting average with 22 home runs and 55 RBI on the season. Yesterday, 9:02 pm
  • Ramirez goes 3-for-4 with a triple Saturday
    Jose Ramirez went 3-for-4 with a triple as the Indians got shut out by the Rangers on Saturday.

    Advice: He grabbed three of the Indians' seven total hits. Known as a slick fielder with a weak bat as a prospect, Ramirez has disproven that notion by breaking out at the plate this year. He is now batting .310 with 10 homers, 58 RBI and 70 runs scored in 120 games. His 20 stolen bags are perhaps his most valuable fantasy contribution this year. Yesterday, 8:56 pm
    New Player Note
    José Ramírez Cle - 2B,3B,SS,OF
    L, 2-1 @Tex
  • Bregman hits a two-run bomb versus Rays
    Alex Bregman continued his hot streak, going 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI in a win over the Rays on Saturday.

    Advice: The homer came in the third inning with George Springer aboard. In the fourth inning he drove in Marwin Gonzalez with a single to center. Bregman's slash line is improving on a daily basis and now sits at .242/.301/.435 in 30 games since being called up from the minors. That represents a nice recovery from the epic slump that started his career. The home run was his 5th -- all of them coming in his last 11 games. Yesterday, 7:52 pm
    L, 10-4 vs TB
  • Ryan Schimpf beats Marlins with solo homer
    Ryan Schimpf swatted a solo homer in the fourth inning on Saturday, leading the Padres to a 1-0 victory over the Marlins.

    Advice: Schimpf also singled in the ballgame, finishing the night 2-for-3 plus a walk. The single is actually a rarity as it was just his 11th of the season while he has 32 extra-base hits. He isn't going to hit for a very high average, but is slashing a mighty impressive .235/.360/.601 with 16 homers and 37 RBI in just 60 games with the Padres. Yesterday, 7:37 pm
    W, 3-1 @Mia
  • Martin Prado goes 4-for-4 in loss to Padres
    Martin Prado had a nice night at the dish in Saturday's loss to the Padres, going 4-for-4 with a double.

    Advice: The Marlins were shut out in the ballgame, only mustering nine total hits as a team, so Prado was certainly the driving force of the offense. He's quietly having a very nice season for the Marlins, slashing .323/.376/.436 with seven homers and 61 RBI. Yesterday, 7:37 pm
    L, 3-1 vs SD
  • Victor Martinez ejected from Saturday's game
    Victor Martinez was ejected from Saturday's game against the Angels in the middle of an at-bat in the third inning.

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

    Advice: Carpenter is just getting a breather. Brandon Moss will handle first base in his absence and bat third against A's right-hander Zach Neal. Carpenter enjoyed a monster first half but has slumped since the All-Star break (.219 AVG in 73 at-bats). Yesterday, 1:55 pm
    Player Note
    Matt Carpenter StL - 1B,2B,3B
    L, 7-4 vs Oak
  • Kyle Seager (foot) returns to Mariners lineup
    Kyle Seager has returned to the Mariners starting lineup for Saturday's game against the White Sox.

    Advice: Seager missed three straight games after fouling a ball off of his foot on Tuesday, but is ready to go now. The 28-year-old is having a terrific season, slashing .286/.364/.515 with 24 homers and 83 RBI. Yesterday, 12:47 pm
    L, 4-1 @CWS
  • Brad Miller not in Rays lineup on Saturday
    Brad Miller is not in the Rays starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Astros.

    Advice: Nothing more than a routine day of rest for the power-hitting infielder. Tim Beckham is drawing the start in his place at first base and will bat fifth against Dallas Keuchel and the Astros on Saturday. Yesterday, 12:19 pm
    Player Note
    Brad Miller TB - 1B,2B,SS,OF
    W, 10-4 @Hou
  • Joe Mauer (quad) returns to Twins lineup
    Joe Mauer (quad) returned to the Twins starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Mauer missed the past three games due to a strained quad. He's back in his customary second spot in the Twins lineup and starting at first base against Marcus Stroman and the Blue Jays on Saturday. Yesterday, 8:47 am
    L, 9-6 @Tor
  • Bryant homers in 8th, 10th innings in win
    Kris Bryant homered in the eighth and 10th innings to guide the Cubs past the Dodgers on Friday.

    Advice: Bryant hit a solo homer off Joe Blanton in the eighth and added the decisive two-run shot off Adam Liberatore in the 10th. He's taken over the NL lead in homers with 35, and he leads the majors with 107 runs scored. Friday, 11:08 pm
    Player Note
    Kris Bryant ChC - 3B,OF
    Bot 7, 0-0 @LAD
  • Donaldson slugs home run No. 30
    Josh Donaldson was 2-for-4 with a home run, a walk, three RBI, and two runs scored Friday versus the Twins.

    Advice: Donaldson has now homered in back-to-back games, which brings his total to 30 for the year. He would need a monster September to come close to his home run and RBI totals from last season, but his .401 on-base percentage and .958 OPS are better than his MVP campaign. Friday, 8:16 pm
  • Seager (foot) expected back in lineup Sat.
    Kyle Seager (foot) remained out of the Mariners' lineup Friday.

    Advice: It's the third straight game he's missed after he fouled a ball off his foot on Tuesday. The good news is that Seager will be available off the bench and is expected to be back in the lineup Saturday. Consider him day-to-day. Shawn O'Malley is at third base. Friday, 1:38 pm
    L, 4-1 @CWS
  • Joe Mauer (quad) out again on Friday
    Joe Mauer (quad) remained out of the Twins' lineup Friday.

    Advice: He'll sit out a third straight game with a quad problem, but the Twins are optimistic Mauer will be ready to go Saturday. Trevor Plouffe has slid over to first base and Eduardo Escobar is at third. Friday, 1:08 pm
    L, 9-6 @Tor
  • Goldschmidt singles, scores in low-scoring L
    Paul Goldschmidt went 1-for-4 with a single and a run scored in Thursday's loss to the Braves.

    Advice: Goldschmidt was one of just two Diamondbacks to record hits on the evening (Jean Segura also notched a single). Goldy would come around to score on a Chris Owings RBI ground out in the seventh for the team's lone run of the contest. The All-Star first baseman is slashing .304/.421/.505 with 20 homers and 78 RBI across 461 at-bats. Thursday, 9:46 pm
  • Franklin (concussion) to return this weekend
    Nick Franklin (concussion) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Charlotte on Friday.

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

    Advice: Marte missed the club's series against the Blue Jays while tending to a personal matter. The 25-year-old has been a jack of all trades this season, splitting time between left field and both corner infield spots. He's hit a little bit too with nine homers and 27 RBI over 176 at-bats for the Halos. Thursday, 3:05 pm
    New Player Note
    Jefry Marte LAA - 1B,3B,OF
    W, 5-0 @Det
  • Seager (foot) held out for second straight game
    Kyle Seager (foot) is not in the Mariners' lineup Thursday against the White Sox.

    Advice: Seager is still out with a bruised foot he suffered Tuesday against the Yankees. Manager Scott Servais is hoping to have Seager back in the lineup on Friday but admitted it's 50-50. Utility man Shawn O'Malley will handle the hot corner in his absence on Thursday. Thursday, 2:10 pm
    L, 4-1 @CWS
  • Miguel Sano doubles twice
    The slumping Miguel Sano doubled twice and scored twice Thursday against the Tigers.

    Advice: Sano had been in a 1-for-23 skid while dealing with elbow troubles of late. He was on a tear earlier this month when threatened with a minor league demotion. If the elbow is sound, his bat should return to life soon, maybe right now. Thursday, 1:50 pm
    L, 9-6 @Tor
  • Molitor: Joe Mauer again having quad issues
    Twins manager Paul Molitor confirmed Thursday that Joe Mauer is again having quad issues.

    Advice: It's the reason Mauer was out of the lineup Wednesday and will sit again Thursday. He injured the quad last week while running the bases in Atlanta and could need a couple more games off, though Molitor said he's not ruling Mauer out for Friday night's series opener on the road against the Blue Jays. Trevor Plouffe is playing first base on Thursday versus the Tigers with Eduardo Escobar at third. Thursday, 9:22 am
    L, 9-6 @Tor
  • Mauer absent from Twins' lineup again Thurs.
    Joe Mauer is out of the Twins' starting lineup Thursday afternoon against the Tigers.

    Advice: Mauer didn't play Wednesday either and could be dealing with another flareup of quad soreness. Trevor Plouffe is at first base and Eduardo Escobar is at third. Thursday, 8:28 am
    L, 9-6 @Tor
  • Miggy collects four hits and homer vs. Twins
    Miguel Cabrera went 4-for-5 with a home run and two RBI to lead the Tigers to a 9-4 victory over the Twins on Wednesday.

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

    Advice: Myers notched his third three-bagger of the season off Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks in the third inning. It bumped his RBI total to 73 for the season. The 25-year-old's bat has cooled after a scalding hot start to the summer, but he is still slashing .266/.343/.476 for the season as a whole. He has also bopped 23 homers. Wednesday, 4:58 pm
    W, 3-1 @Mia
  • Bregman doubles again as Astros top Pirates
    Alex Bregman hit another double Wednesday in the Astros' 5-4 defeat of the Pirates.

    Advice: That's the ninth double and 13th extra-base hit in the last 18 games for Bregman, who is having a big August after struggling out of the gate following his July 25 promotion to the major leagues. The 22-year-old top prospect looks like a must-own in standard leagues for the stretch run. He had a .469 OPS nine days ago. It's now up to 694. Wednesday, 12:50 pm
    L, 10-4 vs TB
  • Billy Butler progressing from concussion
    Billy Butler said Wednesday that he's making good progress in his recovery from a concussion.

    Advice: Butler also apologized for his role in the clubhouse fight with teammate Danny Valencia that resulted in his concussion. "I definitely said some things you shouldn’t, I definitely stepped in an area you shouldn’t. That wasn’t my business," said Butler. "I know I regret what I did, I think he regrets what he did. By no means do I think his intentions were to give me a concussion, I think that’s fair to say." The fight started after Butler told a rep for an equipment company that Valencia was wearing the wrong shoes at the wrong time. Or something like that. Wednesday, 12:26 pm
    7-Day DL
    W, 7-4 @StL
  • Seager (foot) out of Mariners' lineup on Wed.
    Kyle Seager will be held out Wednesday after fouling a ball off his foot on Tuesday night.

    Advice: It doesn't sound like anything serious, but the Mariners have a day game against the Yankees and don't want to risk making the matter worse. Seager went 0-for-3 on Tuesday versus New York but still owns a cool .286/.364/.515 batting line with 24 home runs and 83 RBI in 124 games this season for Seattle. Wednesday, 9:54 am
    L, 4-1 @CWS
  • Late RBI single from Myers not enough for win
    Wil Myers went 1-for-4 with an RBI single in Tuesday's loss to the Cubs.

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

    Advice: Martinez had three of the Tigers' 14 hits on the evening, including a two-run blast in the seventh. The homer was No. 23 for V-Mart, who now has 73 RBI and 52 runs scored. After enduring a cold July, the 37-year-old is hitting .305 with six homers, 13 RBI and 12 runs scored this month. Tuesday, 9:02 pm
  • Kyle Seager hits three-run homer in win
    Kyle Seager went 2-for-3 with a three-run homer and a walk in the Mariners' 7-5 defeat of the Yankees on Monday.

    Advice: Seager's .884 OPS is about 100 points better than he's ever done before, and he's two away from matching his career high in homers. It's too bad his brother is getting all of the attention in the family; both have been among the game's top 20 or so position players this year. Monday, 10:38 pm
    L, 4-1 @CWS
  • Paul Goldschmidt walks it off for Arizona
    Paul Goldschmidt's third hit of Monday's game was a walkoff homer in the bottom of the ninth as the Diamondbacks edged the Braves 9-8.

    Advice: It was Goldschmidt's 19th homer. You know you're pretty good when you can be hitting .300 with an OPS over .900 and still be considered a modest disappointment. While he's not hitting like he did last year, Goldschmidt is right on pace to reach 25 homers and 100 RBI. Monday, 10:23 pm
  • Billy Butler placed on 7-day concussion DL
    Athletics placed DH Billy Butler on the 7-day concussion disabled list.

    Advice: Butler has been dealing with concussion symptoms following a physical altercation with teammate Danny Valencia on Friday. According to Athletics general manager David Forst, both players were fined as a result. Arismendy Alcantara will take Butler's spot on the active roster. Monday, 4:09 pm
    7-Day DL
    W, 7-4 @StL
  • Billy Butler not listed on active roster
    Billy Butler is not listed on the active roster for Monday's game against the Indians.

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

    Advice: Valencia was in talks with an equipment representative before Butler allegedly interjected regarding the use of some off-brand spikes and told him that the company should drop the endorsement deal. This led to a confrontation where Valencia allegedly punched Butler in the temple. Butler has dealt with nausea and vomiting since. As for Valencia, Slusser hears that he will be fined for the fight. It's unclear if he'll face any other punishment. Aug 22, 3:11 pm
    7-Day DL
    W, 7-4 @StL
  • Butler reportedly hurt in fight with Valencia
    Billy Butler missed Saturday and Sunday's games against the White Sox due to injuries sustained in an altercation with teammate Danny Valencia.

    Advice: The alleged incident occurred on Friday night, per Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. A's manager Bob Melvin wouldn't divulge any details when pressed for information on Sunday and simply noted that Butler sat out due to nausea and vomiting, and not from the flu as initially reported. Those symptoms are often associated with concussions, though it's unclear if Butler sustained a concussion from the altercation with Valencia. There should be more clarity here soon, especially if MLB decides to investigate the matter. Aug 21, 7:02 pm
    7-Day DL
    W, 7-4 @StL
  • Forsythe (back) unloads for three-run homer
    Logan Forsythe went 1-for-5 with a three-run home run and two runs scored in Sunday's win over the Rangers.

    Advice: Forsythe's three-run home run off Martin Perez broke the game wide-open in a five-run fourth, padding what had been a 3-2 lead. The homer was 16th of the season, one shy of the career-best 17 he posted in 2015. Overall, the 29-year-old outfielder is slashing a strong .279/.339/.481 across 362 at-bats. Aug 21, 2:50 pm
  • Jose Ramirez clocks go-ahead homer in eighth
    Jose Ramirez connected for a go-ahead two-run home run in the eighth inning of Sunday's 3-2 win over the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Ramirez came up clutch with a two-run homer off reliever Brett Cecil with two outs in the eighth inning, flipping a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 lead and eventual win. The Tribe took two of three games in the weekend series, with Ramirez proving instrumental in both wins. In addition to Sunday's heroics, he also notched a game-tying solo home run in the ninth inning of Friday's victory. The 23-year-old third baseman has been nothing short of phenomenal of late and has picked up hits in nine of his last 10 games. For the season as a whole, Ramirez is slashing .310/.365/.461 with 10 homers, 57 RBI and 20 steals across 415 at-bats. Aug 21, 1:30 pm
    New Player Note
    José Ramírez Cle - 2B,3B,SS,OF
    L, 2-1 @Tex
  • Billy Butler (illness) remains unavailable
    Billy Butler (illness) isn't available to play Sunday.

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

    Advice: He's just getting a breather. Miguel Cabrera is in the designated hitter spot Sunday, with Jarrod Saltalamacchia getting a start at first base. Aug 21, 9:13 am
  • Josh Donaldson (thumb) back in lineup Sunday
    Josh Donaldson (thumb) is back in the Blue Jays' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Donaldson hasn't played since jamming his right thumb on Wednesday, but apparently he's feeling well enough now to give it a go. He's at third base and batting second against Corey Kluber and the Indians. Aug 21, 8:20 am
  • Logan Forsythe (back) returns to Rays' lineup
    Logan Forsythe (back) is back in the Rays' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's serving as the designated hitter and in his customary leadoff spot. It's possible the Rays will have Forsythe DH for a few days as they ease him back into things. The 29-year-old missed nearly a week of action with back spasms. Aug 21, 7:12 am
  • Bryant keeps raking with homer, four RBI
    Kris Bryant continued his assault on National League pitching Saturday, going 2-for-5 with a home run, four RBI and two runs scored in a win over the Rockies.

    Advice: This time, Bryant picked on Rockies rookie starter Jeff Hoffman, who was making his major league debut. Bryant took the rookie deep for a three-run shot in the fifth inning, Bryant's 31st homer of the year. That's best in the league, and the 24-year-old is now hitting .300/.393/.568 with 83 RBI, 98 runs scored and eight steals. A year removed from winning National League Rookie of the Year, Bryant appears to have his sights set higher in 2016. Aug 20, 9:46 pm
    Player Note
    Kris Bryant ChC - 3B,OF
    Bot 7, 0-0 @LAD
  • Bregman goes 3-for-6 with a two-run homer
    Alex Bregman went 3-for-6 and blasted a two-run homer as the Astros beat the Orioles on Saturday.

    Advice: George Springer led off the game with a walk and Bregman followed that with a home run to give the Astros a quick lead they would keep adding to all night. The 22-year-old started his career with a horrible slump but is quickly making that a distant memory. He has been on fire lately and his slash line now looks respectable despite the rough start. He is batting .238/.291/.396 with three homers in 101 at-bats. Aug 20, 7:57 pm
    L, 10-4 vs TB
  • Scruggs belts first MLB homer against Bucs
    Xavier Scruggs hit a two-run home run, the first of his MLB career, in Saturday's win over the Pirates.

    Advice: Scruggs finished 1-for-3 in the game, with the two-run bomb coming off Pirates starter Chad Kuhl in the fourth inning. It ended up being the game-winning run. The homer was his first in 28 MLB games spanning three seasons; this year is his first as a member of the Marlins after starting his career in the Cardinals organization. Scruggs will likely continue to draw starts at first base while Justin Bour is out but isn't a fantasy commodity. Aug 20, 7:04 pm
  • Yunel Escobar (concussion) lands on 7-day DL
    Angels placed 3B Yunel Escobar on the 7-day disabled list with a concussion.

    Advice: Escobar will be sidelined for at least a week after fouling a ball off his face Friday against the Yankees. He's been a bright spot for the Angels this year, hitting .320 over 438 at-bats. That average ranks second in the American League behind MVP front-runner Jose Altuve. The Angels activated C.J. Cron from the disabled list in the corresponding roster move. Aug 20, 4:17 pm
    7-Day DL
    W, 5-0 @Det
  • Billy Butler sitting out with illness Saturday
    Billy Butler (illness) is not in the Athletics' lineup Saturday against the White Sox.

    Advice: He's feeling a bit under the weather. Butler plays sparingly these days but he's a lifetime .478 hitter against tonight's starting pitcher, Chris Sale. Danny Valencia will DH and bat third for the A's on Saturday. Aug 20, 1:51 pm
    7-Day DL
    W, 7-4 @StL
  • Josh Donaldson remains out of Jays lineup
    Josh Donaldson (thumb) remains out of the Blue Jays starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Donaldson hasn't played since jamming his thumb on Wednesday, though manager John Gibbons is confident he'll return to the lineup for Sunday's series finale. Darwin Barney is once again starting in his place at the hot corner and will bat eighth for the Jays on Saturday. Aug 20, 12:44 pm
  • Ryan Schimpf homers twice for Padres
    Ryan Schimpf homered twice, doubled twice and knocked in five runs to propel the Padres to a 7-4 win over the Diamondbacks on Friday.

    Advice: The second homer was a walkoff three-run blast off Patrick Corbin in the bottom of the ninth. Schimpf is up to 14 homers in 53 games since his callup. It's enough to make one wonder why he didn't arrive in the majors until age 28. Aug 19, 11:51 pm
    W, 3-1 @Mia
  • Angels' Escobar could land on DL
    Yunel Escobar could land on the disabled list after taking a foul bunt off his face during Friday's game.

    Advice: X-rays were negative, but he still might miss a couple of weeks. Fortunately, the Angels are set to activate C.J. Cron on Saturday. Jefry Marte could see more time at third base in Escobar's place. Aug 19, 11:20 pm
    7-Day DL
    W, 5-0 @Det
  • Rays place Nick Franklin on concussion DL
    Rays placed INF/OF Nick Franklin on the 7-day concussion disabled list.

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

    Advice: His homer set the stash for Tyler Naquin to walk it off with an inside-the-park home run. Ramirez went 1-for-4 on the night and continues to be a pleasant surprise for the Indians and fantasy owners. Boosted by a red-hot August, he’s slashing .311/.367/.457 with nine homers, 54 RBI, 20 steals, and 67 runs scored through 112 games. Aug 19, 6:54 pm
    New Player Note
    José Ramírez Cle - 2B,3B,SS,OF
    L, 2-1 @Tex
  • Nick Franklin (head) leaves game on Friday
    Nick Franklin (head) was removed from Friday's game against the Rangers.

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

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

    Advice: Forsythe was able to field some grounders in pre-game Friday, but apparently his back didn't respond as hoped. He'll visit with the Rays' team doctor and chiropractor Friday. The second baseman is day-to-day for now and he said there hasn't been any talk this point about going on the disabled list. Tim Beckham is at second base Friday. Aug 19, 1:19 pm
  • Josh Donaldson (thumb) sitting out Friday
    Josh Donaldson (thumb) is not in the Blue Jays' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Donaldson jammed his right thumb on Wednesday. He should return to the lineup sometime over the weekend. The Jays are also giving Troy Tulowitzki a breather Friday, as they have Darwin Barney at third base and Ryan Goins at shortstop. Aug 19, 12:57 pm
  • Xavier Scruggs called up from Triple-A
    Marlins purchased the contract of INF/OF Xavier Scruggs from Triple-A New Orleans.

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

    Advice: Duffy departed Tuesday's game and sat out Wednesday with renewed soreness in his left Achilles, but he's feeling good enough to give it a go. He's at shortstop and batting fifth Friday. Aug 19, 12:25 pm
    New Player Note
    Matt Duffy TB - 2B,3B,SS
    W, 10-4 @Hou
  • Logan Forsythe (back) out again Friday
    Logan Forsythe (back) remained out of the Rays' lineup Friday.

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

    Advice: Forsythe missed a couple games with back spasms, but he'll be alright. The 29-year-old is batting .280/.341/.476 with 15 homers for the Rays this season. Aug 19, 7:45 am
  • Matt Duffy (Achilles) expected back Friday
    Matt Duffy (Achilles) is expected back in the Rays' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Duffy left Tuesday's game and sat out Thursday after experiencing renewed soreness in his left Achilles. However, the Rays are confident that it's just part of the normal healing process and that Duffy will be fine. He's 7-for-19 at the plate since joining the Rays. Aug 19, 7:43 am
    New Player Note
    Matt Duffy TB - 2B,3B,SS
    W, 10-4 @Hou
  • Sano (elbow) hitless in return to lineup
    Miguel Sano (elbow) went 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts in his return to the lineup Thursday.

    Advice: Sano's elbow kept him from playing for a few days while the Twins were in a National League park, but he's back in action now. The 23-year-old will work primarily as the Twins' designated hitter down the stretch. Aug 19, 5:15 am
    L, 9-6 @Tor
  • Rodon limits Indians to two runs over six
    Carlos Rodon held the Indians to two runs over six innings in a no-decision Thursday.

    Advice: As has been the case more than a few times this year, Rodon deserved better than the fate he sustained after the White Sox bullpen relinquished his lead. Before exiting, Rodon had scattered eight hits without walking a batter and striking out five. Without the win, Rodon remains 3-8 with a 4.26 ERA through 20 starts. The good news for the southpaw is that he's pitched well in his past three starts, even if he's just 1-0 in that span. Rodon will try for that elusive fourth win when he takes on the Phillies on Wednesday. Aug 18, 9:16 pm
    New Player Note
    José Ramírez Cle - 2B,3B,SS,OF
    L, 2-1 @Tex
  • Prado knocks two-run single in loss to Reds
    Martin Prado went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored in Thursday's loss to the Reds.

    Advice: Prado had a two-run single in the seventh inning to pull the Marlins to within a run, but it wasn't enough in the end. Still, it was a good night for the 32-year-old, who now has four multi-hit games in his last six contests. It's no surprise, then, that Prado and his .327 average rank third in the National League in hitting. He's also sporting a .380 on-base percentage and .446 slugging percentage through 115 games. Aug 18, 8:28 pm
    L, 3-1 vs SD
  • Xavier Scruggs getting called to the majors
    Xavier Scruggs will be recalled from Triple-A New Orleans on Friday.

    Advice: He'll join the team for Friday's series opener in Pittsburgh. The 28-year-old has had a productive year in the minors, hitting .290 with 21 HR, 50 RBI and four steals across 93 games. Scruggs has made 26 career big league appearances. All of those came with his former team, the Cardinals. Aug 18, 8:03 pm
  • Bryant goes 5-for-5, homers twice in win
    Kris Bryant went 5-for-5 with two homers, a double and five RBI to lead the Cubs past the Brewers 9-6 on Thursday.

    Advice: Have yourself a day, Kris. The two homers put him at an even 30 for the season, and his OPS jumped to .956, which is nearly a match for Anthony Rizzo's .961. Those two are in the running for NL MVP honors, assuming that voters don't dismiss both because the Cubs could have won the NL Central without either. Bryant has the WAR edge, by virtue of his fine defense at tougher positions than first base. Rizzo has the RBI edge, largely because he hits behind Bryant. Daniel Murphy has the "I'm clearly the best player on my team, which isn't the Cubs" edge. Aug 18, 3:01 pm
    Player Note
    Kris Bryant ChC - 3B,OF
    Bot 7, 0-0 @LAD
  • Miguel Cabrera knocks in run in victory
    Miguel Cabrera went 2-for-3 and drove in his 1,000th run as a Tiger in Thursday's 4-3 defeat of the Red Sox.

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

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

    Advice: Escobar has five career five-hit games, all of which have come since the start of 2015. He's batting .316 as the Angels' primary leadoff man this year. Aug 17, 10:56 pm
    7-Day DL
    W, 5-0 @Det
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