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  • Inciarte hits two-run single off Martinez
    Ender Inciarte went 2-for-3 with a two-run single in Thursday's loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: Inciarte hit a two-run single against Carlos Martinez to tie the game at 3-3 in the second inning, though the Diamondbacks would go on to lose 5-3. The single extended his hitting streak to a modest six games. In addition to his usual stellar defense, Inciarte's done a nice job offensively with a .298/.332/.397 triple-slash, 36 RBI, 58 runs scored and 13 steals. Yesterday, 10:14 pm
  • 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
  • Curtis Granderson reaches five times
    Curtis Granderson went 4-for-5 with a double and a walk Thursday against the Phillies.

    Advice: Granderson has 14 hits, seven walks and 12 runs scored in his last eight games. He's now sporting his highest OPS (.812) since 2011 and fourth highest in his 11 full seasons. Yesterday, 8:53 pm
  • Angel Pagan expected to return on Friday
    Angel Pagan (knee) is expected to be activated from the disabled list prior to Friday's game against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Pagan has been on the shelf since August 10 due to tendinitis in his right knee. The 34-year-old is hitting .258/.290/.308 with no homers and 26 RBI in his 102 contests this season. Yesterday, 8:29 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:15 pm vs StL
  • Byron Buxton fans four times
    Byron Buxton struck out all four times he was up Thursday before being removed for a pinch-hitter.

    Advice: The Twins have been awfully aggressive in pushing Buxton into the leadoff spot, but while he did OK in the first two games against the Rays, he looks more like a bottom-of-the-order guy right now. He's struck out in 16 straight games, and he's hit .225 with a 27/3 K/BB ratio in 71 at-bats overall. He's also been thrown out on two of his three steal attempts. Yesterday, 8:11 pm
  • Denard Span (hip) heading back to DL
    Nationals placed OF Denard Span on the 15-day disabled list with left hip inflammation.

    Advice: The hip issue is related to the core and back issues that have sidelined Span already this season. At this point, there is fear in the Nationals organization that the oft-injured outfielder will not make it back at all this season. Michael Taylor will continue to fill in center field in his stead. Yesterday, 8:04 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs Mia
  • Stephen Piscotty not in Cardinals lineup
    Stephen Piscotty is not in the Cardinals starting lineup on Thursday.

    Advice: It's certainly a well-deserved day of rest for Piscotty who has started the team's last 29 contests. Piscotty has been on a tear offensively, slashing .316/.349/.538 with four homers and 20 RBI in 117 at-bats. Matt Carpenter will draw a rare start at first base in his absence. Yesterday, 5:41 pm
  • Adam Jones day-to-day, X-rays negative
    Adam Jones is listed as day-to-day after X-rays on his wrist came back negative on Thursday.

    Advice: Jones was removed from Thursday's game against the Royals after crashing into the outfield wall. While he is experiencing symptoms of whiplash, there were no fractures in his wrist and he isn't experiencing any concussion symptoms. He should return to the O's lineup at some point over the weekend. Yesterday, 5:15 pm
  • Revere singles three times in losing effort
    Ben Revere went 3-for-4 with a trio of singles in Thursday's loss to the Rangers.

    Advice: Revere and Ryan Goins were the only Blue Jays who finished out the day with multiple hits. After a slow start with his new team, Revere's heated up of late. He's on a seven-game hitting streak at the moment and is 14-for-29 over the span. Yesterday, 3:08 pm
  • DeShields scores twice in win over Jays
    Delino DeShields went 2-for-2 with two runs scored in Thursday afternoon's win over the Blue Jays.

    Advice: DeShields picked up the pair of singles. In his other three plate appearances, he drew walks. The rookie is hitting .259/.353/.374 with two homers, 59 runs scored and 22 steals this season. He's not hitting for much power, but the steal number is nice through the first 90 games of the 23-year-old's career. Yesterday, 2:52 pm
  • Giancarlo Stanton (hand) to take BP on Monday
    Giancarlo Stanton (hand) is expected to face live pitching in batting practice next Monday.

    Advice: Progress has been slow for Stanton, who has been sidelined since late June with a fractured hamate bone in his left hand. However, he finally appears to be headed in the right direction. The hope is that he could finally be back in the Marlins lineup by the end of next week. Yesterday, 2:09 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm @Was
  • Souza (hand) resumes swinging
    Steven Souza (hand) has resumed swinging.

    Advice: Souza was cleared after a follow X-ray on his fractured left hand showed healing. He's still aiming to return around mid-September. Yesterday, 1:43 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs KC
  • Johnson (rib) out 4-6 weeks
    Reed Johnson (rib) is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.

    Advice: Johnson was originally believed to have a strained oblique, but he actually has a cracked rib. There's a good chance his season is over. Yesterday, 1:41 pm
    60-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs Mia
  • Denard Span (back) not in Thursday's lineup
    Denard Span is out of Thursday's lineup for the Nationals due to back soreness.

    Advice: It doesn't sound like a major concern, but the Nationals will have to manage him down the stretch. Michael Taylor is starting in center field against the Padres. Yesterday, 1:37 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs Mia
  • Adam Jones exits game with apparent injury
    Adam Jones left Thursday's game against the Royals with an apparent injury.

    Advice: Jones ran into the center field fence trying to track down a ball off the bat of Ben Zobrist in the first inning. He remained in the game initially, but Paul Janish replaced him as a pinch-hitter in the third. The O's should pass along an update soon. Yesterday, 1:35 pm
  • Victorino lofts sacrifice fly, fans twice
    Shane Victorino went 0-for-3 with a sacrifice fly and two strikeouts in Thursday's win over the Tigers.

    Advice: Victorino's ninth-inning sacrifice fly pushed the score to 2-0 and gave the Angels a bit of breathing room. They would win by that final score. The RBI was just the veteran outfielder's second since being traded from the Red Sox. He's 9-for-46 in 20 games with his new team. Injuries have limited him to just 53 games this season. Yesterday, 1:17 pm
  • Yelich (knee) out of Thursday's MIA lineup
    Christian Yelich is out of Thursday's lineup against the Pirates with a bruised knee.

    Advice: Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald notes that he's not even taking batting practice, so this situation is worth watching. Derek Dietrich will start in left field while Ichiro Suzuki will play right. Yesterday, 1:16 pm
  • J.D. Martinez hits second triple of season
    J.D. Martinez went 1-for-3 with a triple in Thursday's loss to the Angels.

    Advice: Martinez's triple was the only extra-base hit the Tigers scraped together in the 2-0 loss. It was his second of the season and eighth three-bagger of his career. When he's not flashing his wheels, he's hitting .292/.353/.567 with 34 homers and 87 RBI. Martinez is in the midst of his most productive season at the major league level. Yesterday, 1:07 pm
  • Schumaker strikes out three times vs LAD
    Skip Schumaker went 1-for-4 with three strikeouts in Thursday's loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Schumaker fanned twice against Dodgers starter Zack Greinke, then added an additional whiff against reliever Chris Hatcher just for kicks and giggles. The 35-year-old outfield is hitting just .218/.291/.291. He's driven in 12, but is still waiting for that first homer of the season. There's no fantasy play here. Yesterday, 12:44 pm
  • Ethier picks up trio of hits in win
    Andre Ethier went 3-for-3 with three singles in Thursday's win over the Reds.

    Advice: Ethier and Yasiel Puig were the only Dodgers to pick up multiple hits in the 1-0 win. He's rocked a productive season to this point and is slashing .296/.372/.483 with 12 homers and 39 RBI. That triple-slash, on the whole, is the best Ethier's posted since 2010. Yesterday, 12:41 pm
  • Span out of Nationals' lineup Thursday night
    Denard Span is out of the Nationals' lineup Thursday.

    Advice: It's just a day of rest for the veteran outfielder, who returned earlier this week from a bad back injury. Michael Taylor is starting in center field against the Padres. Yesterday, 12:41 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs Mia
  • Rays put OF Jennings (knee) back on the DL
    Rays placed OF Desmond Jennings on the 15-day disabled list with a left knee bruise.

    Advice: Jennings banged his surgically-repaired knee on a slide into second base over the weekend and hasn't felt right since. We might not see him again this season. Jennings, 28, will be arbitration eligible for the second time this winter after earning $3.1 million in 2015. He has appeared in only 28 games. Yesterday, 12:29 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs KC
  • Pagan (knee) not in Giants' lineup Thursday
    Angel Pagan (knee) is not in the Giants' lineup Thursday.

    Advice: Pagan took an early flight from Omaha to San Francisco on Thursday morning and will probably be given a full day of rest before returning to the Giants' active roster on Friday. Juan Perez is in center field in Thursday afternoon's series finale against the Cubs. Pagan has been on the disabled list since August 10. Yesterday, 10:54 am
    15-Day DL
    7:15 pm vs StL
  • Yankees have no plans to call up Aaron Judge
    Yankees GM Brian Cashman said Thursday that there are no current plans to call up Aaron Judge.

    Advice: But that does't mean it won't happen at some point in September. Judge, a consensus top-75 prospect ahead of the 2015 season, is batting .262/.337/.469 with 20 home runs and 70 RBI in 122 games this year between Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The 23-year-old corner outfield prospect would make sense as a bench bat for the stretch run. Yesterday, 10:47 am
    Not Active
    4:35 pm @Atl
  • Schwarber starting at catcher on Thursday
    Kyle Schwarber is starting behind the plate in the Cubs' series finale Thursday versus the Giants.

    Advice: It's his 13th start this year at catcher, but his first since August 6. Schwarber was shifted to left field when Miguel Montero returned earlier this month from a thumb sprain, but Montero is getting a day off Thursday afternoon in San Francisco. Yesterday, 9:54 am
  • Lorenzo Cain getting day off Thursday vs. O's
    Lorenzo Cain is out of the Royals' lineup Thursday.

    Advice: Jarrod Dyson will start in center field and Paulo Orlando will start in left field in the Royals' series finale against the Orioles. It's just a day of rest for Cain, who's been one of the best players in baseball in 2015. Yesterday, 8:16 am
  • Grant Green (knee) back in Angels' lineup
    Grant Green (knee) is back in the Angels' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon against the Tigers.

    Advice: Green sat out Wednesday after tweaking his right knee on Tuesday night, but it was obviously nothing major. He'll start at second base and bat ninth in Detroit. Green is filling in as a starter for the Halos with Johnny Giavotella (illness) sidelined indefinitely. Yesterday, 8:06 am
  • Jennings (knee) could be headed back to DL
    Desmond Jennings (knee) could be headed back to the disabled list.

    Advice: Jennings banged his surgically-repaired left knee on a slide into second base over the weekend and aggravated it again Tuesday while running the bases. He has already missed 3 1/2 months this season to left knee troubles. The 28-year-old outfielder is shaping up to be a massive disappointment in 2015 and will be an interesting arbitration case heading into 2016. Yesterday, 5:49 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs KC
  • Aoki homers to help defeat Cubs
    Nori Aoki went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Wednesday's win over the Cubs.

    Advice: Aoki went ya-ya with a solo home run to lead off the bottom of the first inning. It would be his only hit of the game. He recently landed on the concussion list after being hit in the helmet by a Jake Arrieta pitch, but the Giants brought him back last Thursday and he's since returned to his power-hitting ways. Aoki's slashing .296/.360/.387 with five homers, 39 runs scored and 13 steals this season. Wednesday, 10:27 pm
    7:15 pm vs StL
  • Shin-Soo Choo goes 3-for-5 against Jays
    Shin-Soo Choo finished 3-for-5 with two RBI Wednesday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Choo isn't just batting .301 this month, but he's walked 17 times and gotten hit by four pitches, giving him a .457 OBP. Unfortunately, he doesn't really run much any longer and he's not racking up RBI, so he's not nearly the fantasy outfielder he used to be. Wednesday, 9:04 pm
  • Johnson dealing with broken rib, not oblique
    Reed Johnson said an MRI Wednesday showed a broken rib, not a strained oblique as originally suspected.

    Advice: Johnson said he believed the injury was a hairline fracture that was made worse by a sneeze. He's out until at least mid-September and may be done for the year. Wednesday, 8:02 pm
    60-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs Mia
  • Martinez blasts 34th homer as Tigers top LAA
    J.D. Martinez blasted his 34th home run of the season, finishing 2-for-4 in Wednesday's victory over the Angels.

    Advice: Martinez led off the fourth inning with a double but was stranded. In the fifth, he made it a four-run frame when he drove a Hector Santiago pitch to left field for a two-run round-tripper. Along with 34 homers, Martinez has plated 87 runs while batting .291/.353/.564 in what has been a tremendous follow-up to his breakout in 2014. Wednesday, 7:17 pm
  • Pagan (knee) set to be activated Thursday
    Angel Pagan (knee) will play in a final rehab game Wednesday before being activated on Thursday.

    Advice: Pagan has been on a rehab assignment since Sunday and the reports have obviously been good. The outfielder's return will be a boost to the Giants, who have lost five of their last six games heading into Wednesday's contest against the Cubs. The 34-year-old is hitting .258/.290/.308 in 102 games this year. Wednesday, 5:19 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:15 pm vs StL
  • Reed Johnson suffers oblique strain on rehab
    Reed Johnson has been pulled off his minor league rehab assignment due to a strained oblique.

    Advice: Johnson suffered the oblique strain on a sneeze and can now be ruled out through mid-September. He was on the long road to recovery from a torn tendon in his left foot. Wednesday, 2:02 pm
    60-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs Mia
  • Desmond Jennings (knee) not in lineup Wed.
    Desmond Jennings (knee) is not in the Rays' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Jennings tweaked his surgically-repaired left knee over the weekend and had to leave Tuesday game after it swelled up on him. It's not viewed as a major setback. Grady Sizemore is in left field and Daniel Nava is in right for the Rays Wednesday. Wednesday, 12:57 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs KC
  • Grant Green (knee) not in lineup Wednesday
    Grant Green (knee) is not in the Angels' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Green is sitting out after tweaking his right knee Tuesday. He's considered day-to-day. Ryan Jackson is handling second base in his place. Wednesday, 12:53 pm
  • Schwarber's 3-run HR powers Cubs past SF
    Kyle Schwarber went 1-for-4 with a walk and a three-run home run to help take down the Giants on Tuesday.

    Advice: Schwarber broke a scoreless tie in the third inning, drilling a Matt Cain offering to right-center, staking the Cubs to a 3-0 lead. Though the power display has been impressive, he has only four hits in 31 at-bats (.129) since August 16 and they're all homers. Schwarber is batting .275/.373/.570 with 12 home runs and 35 RBI since making his major league debut in mid-June. Tuesday, 10:44 pm
  • DeShields homers, steals base against Jays
    Delino DeShields went 2-for-5 with a home run and a stolen base in Tuesday's loss to the Blue Jays.

    Advice: The homer was much more rare than the stolen base, as it was just DeShields' second of the year. He's now swiped 22 bases on the season. DeShields is hitting .257/.347/.373 in his rookie campaign. Tuesday, 9:07 pm
  • Grant Green (knee) hopes to play Wednesday
    Grant Green said that an MRI on his right knee showed just a "tweak."

    Advice: We presume that means he has no structural damage, as Green is hoping to be back in the lineup on Wednesday. He's been filling in at second base for Johnny Giavotella (illness). Tuesday, 8:35 pm
  • Desmond Jennings leaves with bruised knee
    Desmond Jennings left Tuesday's game against the Twins with a bruised left knee.

    Advice: How Jennings was hurt wasn't obvious, but the fact that it's the same knee that caused him to miss nearly four months of action this season is obviously concerning. The Rays should have more on his status after the game. Tuesday, 6:46 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs KC
  • Grant Green leaves game with knee injury
    Grant Green left Tuesday's game against the Tigers with right knee discomfort.

    Advice: It's not clear how he was hurt, but the Angels should provide more on Green's status after the game. Green has been starting at second base with Johnny Giavotella (illness) sidelined. Tuesday, 5:57 pm
  • Grant Green exits with undisclosed injury
    Grant Green left Tuesday's game against the Tigers with an undisclosed injury.

    Advice: It's unclear what happened, but Green was pinch-hit for in the top of the fourth inning. The Angels are relying on Green as their regular second baseman with Johnny Giavotella (illness) sidelined, so losing him wouldn't be ideal. Tuesday, 5:39 pm
  • Stanton (hand) aims for return in 10 days
    Giancarlo Stanton (hand) expects to be back with the Marlins in about a week and a half.

    Advice: The estimate needs to be taken with a grain of salt. Stanton previously said that he hoped to be back by September 1, but he recently had to skip a day of hitting live pitching due to pain in his wrist. Still, he appears determined to return in September and go into the offseason with some peace of mind. Tuesday, 1:04 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm @Was
  • Span (back) activated from disabled list
    Nationals activated OF Denard Span from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Span has been sidelined since July 6 with a nagging back injury, but he showed enough over six rehab games to convince the Nationals that he's ready to go. He's batting leadoff in his return Tuesday against the Padres. The veteran outfielder has played well when healthy this season, but he's only appeared in 59 games. Tuesday, 12:47 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs Mia
  • Yelich (knee) activated from disabled list
    Marlins activated OF Christian Yelich from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Yelich ended up missing the minimum 15 days with a right knee contusion and didn't even require a minor league rehab assignment. The 23-year-old is batting .275/.343/.376 with six home runs, 29 RBI, and 14 steals over 92 games this season. Tuesday, 12:23 pm
  • Jones homer gives early lead, but O's lose
    Adam Jones went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Monday's loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Jones creamed a Kris Medlen offering to left-center in the first inning, but it was a lead the Orioles would wind up losing. The O's have dropped five games in a row now, but it isn't the outfielder's fault. Jones is batting .285/.324/.507 with 24 home runs and 66 RBI. Monday, 8:04 pm
  • Martinez hits 3-run homer but the Tigers lose
    J.D. Martinez doubled and hit a three-run home run across five at-bats in Monday's loss to the Reds.

    Advice: Martinez started the scoring, plating three with a home run off of Keyvius Sampson in the top of the first inning. It was a lead the Tigers would hold until deflating in a 10-run bottom of the sixth. Martinez has gone yard 33 times this season, knocking in 84 runs while batting .288/.350/.554. It has truly been a remarkable year for the Astros castoff. Monday, 7:49 pm
  • Denard Span (back) to be activated Tuesday
    Denard Span (back) will be activated from the disabled list on Tuesday.

    Advice: Span was 7-for-17 (.412) with a home run, three walks and three runs scored in six rehab games with High-A Potomac. The veteran outfielder has dealt with a nagging back injury since June but is feeling well enough to give it a go again. He's hit .304/.367/.430 with five homers and 11 steals in 59 games this season. Monday, 2:52 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs Mia
  • Yelich (knee) aiming to return on Tuesday
    Christian Yelich (knee) is hopeful of being activated from the disabled list on Tuesday, the first day he's eligible.

    Advice: It's a surprise, as just a couple days ago Yelich wasn't cleared to run yet. He made nice progress over the weekend, though, and will shag some flies prior to Monday's game in hopes of being activated on Tuesday. The young outfielder has been out with a right knee contusion. Monday, 1:35 pm
  • Span (back) could return as early as Tuesday
    Denard Span (back) went 1-for-3 in his sixth minor league rehab game Sunday with Double-A Harrisburg.

    Advice: Span is 7-for-17 (.412) with a home run, three walks, and three runs scored since beginning his rehab with High-A Potomac last week. The center fielder could be added back to the Nationals' active roster as early as Tuesday and is capable of providing significant fantasy production down the stretch. Span owns a .304/.367/.430 slash line with five homers, 37 runs, 15 doubles, and 11 steals in 59 games this season. Monday, 9:47 am
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs Mia
  • Judge homers in win for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre
    Yankees OF prospect Aaron Judge went 3-for-3 with two walks and a stolen base Saturday in a win for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre

    Advice: He scored three of the RailRiders' 11 runs. Judge is still adjusting to Triple-A (.246 AVG) but has made strides over the last month with six homers and 15 RBI in 74 August at-bats. He's already surpassed last year's home run total and needs just eight RBI to match the 78 he posted last season. Sunday, 3:04 pm
    Not Active
    4:35 pm @Atl
  • Buxton hits RBI single in winning effort
    Byron Buxton went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI single in Saturday's win over the Orioles.

    Advice: Buxton's RBI single against the Oriole bullpen in the seventh inning snapped a 2-2 tie. He's 5-for-14 since returning to the Twin lineup on August 20. An injury to Aaron Hicks has opened up playing time for the 21-year-old phenom, who had hit .412/.444/.549 in 54 plate appearances at Triple-A since healing up from a thumb injury that sidelined him in late June. Buxton has the potential to be a legitimate impact bat down the stretch, though owners should obviously be patient if he runs into a few cold streaks along the way. Saturday, 9:56 pm
  • Granderson doubles twice, Mets roll at Coors
    Curtis Granderson went 3-for-5 with two RBI in the Mets' 14-9 shootout win Saturday versus the Rockies.

    Advice: Granderson doubled home two runs in the Mets' eight-run third inning at Coors Field. He also doubled in the first, drew a walk in the fifth, and singled in the sixth. The veteran outfielder has been a huge part of the Mets' sudden turnaround in 2015, now with an .808 OPS, 22 home runs, 25 doubles, 55 RBI, and 69 runs scored. Saturday, 8:57 pm
  • Angels recall utility man Grant Green
    Angels recalled INF/OF Grant Green from Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: Nick Tropeano was sent down in the corresponding roster move. The Angels needed infield depth with Jonny Giavotella dealing with an illness. Green has only logged 21 at-bats in the big leagues this year, hitting .238 with two RBI. He'll start at second base and bat ninth Saturday against the Blue Jays. Saturday, 3:36 pm
  • Angel Pagan to begin rehab assignment Sunday
    Angel Pagan (knee) will begin a minor league rehab assignment on Sunday.

    Advice: He has seen steady improvement in his right knee in recent days and is trending toward a return to the Giants lineup before the end of the month. The oft-injured outfielder is hitting .258/.290/.308 with no homers and 26 RBI in 102 games this season. Saturday, 11:33 am
    15-Day DL
    7:15 pm vs StL
  • Ben Revere goes 4-for-5 in victory
    Ben Revere went 4-for-5 with a double and two runs scored in the Blue Jays' 9-2 rout of the Angels on Friday.

    Advice: The Angels nearly got Revere from the Phillies in the weeks leading up to the trade deadline. Tonight, he showed them what they were missing. Revere, though, hadn't really done much for the Blue Jays coming into this one. He was hitting just .211/.270/.228 in 17 games. Most disturbing for his fantasy owners is that he still hasn't attempted a single steal since being acquired. Friday, 10:52 pm
  • Desmond Jennings hits first home run
    Desmond Jennings went 2-for-4 and hit his first homer of the year Friday as the Rays beat the A's 2-1.

    Advice: Jennings is 10-for-28 since coming off the disabled list a week ago. Still, he probably won't be anything more than a fringy mixed-league outfielder the rest of the way unless he resumes stealing bases, something that seems unlikely after he missed all that time following knee surgery. Friday, 10:24 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs KC
  • Christian Yelich (knee) not running yet
    Christian Yelich (knee) has yet to be cleared to resume running.

    Advice: Yelich has been taking batting practice with no issues, but there's still some soreness and swelling in his bruised right knee that's keeping him from running. At this point, it seems unlikely that he'll return before the end of the month. Friday, 8:33 am
  • Stanton (hand) skips hitting day due to pain
    Giancarlo Stanton (hand) had to skip a day of hitting against live pitching this week due to ongoing pain.

    Advice: It's not an encouraging development, although Stanton is still hoping to be activated from the disabled list around September 1. "It's just wrist weakness. Not the actual surgical part; the impact on my incision area is fine. It's the weakness in my wrist in turning over," Stanton said. "It's a little different than [with a] muscle; at 75 percent of a muscle you can jog and still do some functional things. But I need 100 percent of my wrist. I can't go up and [face] 95 miles per hour and just have 75 percent of my wrist. I need all of that to turn it over." Friday, 8:31 am
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm @Was
  • Stanton (hand) hopes to return by Sept. 1
    Giancarlo Stanton (hand) hopes to be back with the Marlins by September 1.

    Advice: Stanton hit off a pitching machine and against live pitching on Monday, but he's still feeling some minor discomfort in his hand, so it's unclear when he'll be ready for game action. The 25-year-old has missed almost two months following hamate bone surgery. Thursday, 1:54 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm @Was
  • Buxton at leadoff Thursday in return to Twins
    Byron Buxton is batting leadoff in his return to the Twins on Thursday night against the Orioles.

    Advice: Buxton hasn't appeared in a game for the Twins since June 24, but he's over his thumb injury and had been raking for the last week or so at Triple-A Rochester. The 21-year-old has a direct line to regular playing time with Aaron Hicks (hamstring) sidelined and carries huge fantasy potential for the stretch run. Thursday, 12:47 pm
  • Giants activate Nori Aoki from concussion DL
    Giants activated OF Nori Aoki from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Aoki gets the go-ahead just as the Giants lose Hunter Pence to an oblique injury. Aoki spent seven days on the concussion disabled list after getting struck in the helmet by a Jake Arrieta pitch. He returns Thursday to a cool .302 batting average and .368 OBP. Thursday, 12:12 pm
    7:15 pm vs StL
  • Jones homers, Orioles defeat the Mets
    Adam Jones went 2-for-3 with a walk, a double, and a solo home run as the Orioles walked off 5-4 winners over the Mets on Wednesday.

    Advice: Jones led off the fourth inning with a double and came around to score later in the frame to cut the Mets' lead to 2-1. In the seventh, he drilled a solo home run against Hansel Robles to tie the game up at four apiece. Jones has gone yard six times in his last nine games, giving him 23 on the season along with 64 RBI and a .283/.323/.508 batting line. Wednesday, 7:22 pm
  • Twins recall top prospect Buxton from AAA
    Twins recalled OF Byron Buxton from Triple-A Rochester.

    Advice: Aaron Hicks' hamstring injury finally freed up a roster spot for Buxton, who will take over as the Twins' everyday center fielder. He's been on fire at Triple-A since getting over a thumb injury, slashing .412/.444/.549 in 54 plate appearances. The 21-year-old top prospect should be owned and now starting in most standard fantasy leagues. Wednesday, 1:29 pm
  • Martinez homers, Tigers defeat the Cubs
    J.D. Martinez went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run and a sacrifice fly in Tuesday's win against the Cubs.

    Advice: Martinez pushed the Tigers' lead to 3-0 in the first inning when he drilled a Jason Hammel pitch over the fence in center field. Now with 31 home runs, he's on pace to finish the season with 42 -- quite an impressive feat after setting a career-high with 23 last year. Martinez has also knocked in 79 runs while batting .288/.349/.553. Tuesday, 11:11 pm
  • Schwarber homers, but Cubs lose to Tigers
    Kyle Schwarber walked and hit a three-run home run in five plate appearances as the Cubs were defeated by the Tigers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Schwarber sent a Buck Farmer offering screaming into the bleachers in right field at Wrigley Field, reducing the Tigers' lead to 6-5. So far, the C/OF has looked quite comfortable against big league pitching, batting .310/.400/.595 with nine home runs and 30 RBI in 135 plate appearances. Tuesday, 11:08 pm
  • Piscotty notches first stolen base vs. Giants
    Stephen Piscotty went 1-for-4 with a stolen base in a loss to the Giants on Tuesday.

    Advice: Piscotty has hits in four straight games as he remains one of the only Cardinals hitters producing much offense recently. The stolen base was the first for Piscotty in his career. The outfielder is hitting .337/.368/.494 with 11 runs and 11 RBI through his first 26 games. Tuesday, 10:18 pm
  • Granderson homers twice, Mets top Orioles
    Curtis Granderson provided some pop in Tuesday's win against the Orioles, finishing 2-for-4 with a walk and a pair of solo home runs.

    Advice: Granderson went yard against Kevin Gausman in the first and third innings, with the latter putting the Mets up 3-0. His 22 home runs on the season marks his highest total since hitting 43 in 2012. He has easily been the Mets' best position player, batting .252/.344/.456 with 52 RBI. Tuesday, 8:00 pm
  • Span (back) continues rehab assignment
    Denard Span (back) will continue his minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with Class A Hagerstown.

    Advice: Span, sidelined with a nagging back injury, went 0-for-2 and played three innings in center field in his first game with High-A Potomac on Sunday. Assuming no further setbacks, he figures to rejoin the Nationals before the end of the month. Tuesday, 9:44 am
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs Mia
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