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  • Corey Dickerson plans to return this season
    Corey Dickerson (ribs) began a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Albuquerque on Wednesday.

    Advice: Though it has been a lost season for the Rockies, Dickerson is still doing everything in his power to make it back before the end of the regular season. A wide array of injuries has limited Dickerson to just 43 games this season, in which he has slashed .315/.346/.507 with five homers and 18 RBI. Today, 9:33 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 11-3 vs SF
  • Kendrys Morales goes 4-for-5 in win
    Kendrys Morales went 4-for-5 with a double and four RBI as the Royals beat the Tigers 15-8 on Thursday.

    Advice: This was a 6-6 game after three innings and 9-7 headed into the bottom of the seventh before the Royals broke it open. Morales had a two-run double as part of the six-run frame. He also scored three runs for just the fifth time in his career. Today, 9:23 pm
  • Ben Zobrist goes 4-for-5 in win
    Ben Zobrist went 4-for-5 with three runs scored from the leadoff spot for the Royals on Thursday.

    Advice: It's almost like Zobrist might be a better leadoff option than Alcides Escobar, who had a rare day off in this one. He's hitting .339 with five homers and a 14/19 K/BB ratio in 121 at-bats since joining the Royals. Today, 9:17 pm
    5:10 pm vs Det
  • Nick Castellanos goes 3-for-4, doubles twice
    Nick Castellanos went 3-for-4 with two doubles, three RBI and a walk Thursday against the Royals.

    Advice: Castellanos isn't just homering more during the second half; he's also walking about twice as often as he did prior to the All-Star break and he's collecting more doubles. It's a great sign after he spent the first three months looking like a guy who belonged in Triple-A. Today, 9:15 pm
  • Carlos Gonzalez homers twice again
    Carlos Gonzalez had another spectacular game Thursday, going 4-for-5 with two homers and four RBI in an 11-3 drubbing of the Giants.

    Advice: Gonzalez had a career-high seven RBI in a two-homer game against the Diamondbacks on Wednesday. He's the seventh player this year to have consecutive two-homer games, which is particularly impressive since he was also the fourth back on July 25-26. Gonzalez is now tops in the NL with 35 homers, one more than teammate Nolan Arenado. He's hit 31 of those in his last 76 games. Today, 9:10 pm
  • Nolan Arenado hits 34th homer
    Nolan Arenado went 3-for-5 with his 34th homer and 34th double against the Giants on Thursday.

    Advice: And he was overshadowed by Carlos Gonzalez again. Arenado has homered in four straight games, and he's up to 102 RBI for the season. Today, 8:57 pm
  • Matt Duffy goes 0-for-4 in loss
    Matt Duffy went 0-for-4 on Thursday, dropping his average under .300 for the first time since July 25.

    Advice: With the Giants struggling to score runs and Duffy offering little power, it might be time for his mixed-league owners to try someone else (or at least once the Giants finish up their series in Coors Field this weekend). He's still a decent bet to hit for average, but he has just two homers since the All-Star break. Today, 8:55 pm
    New Player Note
    Matt Duffy SF - 2B,3B,SS
    L, 11-3 @Col
  • Hernan Perez goes 3-for-3
    Hernan Perez went 3-for-3 with a triple and two RBI as the Brewers topped the Pirates 5-3 on Thursday.

    Advice: Perez is hitting .281 in 160 at-bats for the Brewers, though that comes with just three walks (three!) and one homer. Of course, this is a guy who would have spent all year in Triple-A with the Tigers had he not run out of options as a 24-year-old. The Brewers had room to give him a shot, and while he shouldn't be the future at third base for the club, he will give them an alternative at the middle-infield spots next year. Today, 8:19 pm
  • Yunel Escobar goes 3-for-4
    Yunel Escobar went 3-for-4 with three RBI in Thursday's rout of the Braves.

    Advice: Escobar has been awfully banged up lately, but he's hit in seven straight games anyway and pushed his average back up to .312. Today, 7:56 pm
  • Dodgers designate Andy Wilkins for assignment
    Dodgers designated 1B Andy Wilkins for assignment.

    Advice: He was the roster casualty required to create a spot on the 40-man roster for Corey Seager. If he isn't claimed on waivers, he should continue to provide organizational depth at Triple-A. Today, 3:54 pm
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  • Abreu doubles twice to help beat Twins
    Jose Abreu went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles, a run scored and a walk in Thursday afternoon's win over the Twins.

    Advice: Abreu's driven in 80 runs this season, but he left the RBI duties to his teammates in Thursday's tilt with the Twins. The two doubles gave him 30 for the season. He's now five off of the number he smacked last year. With a .292/.347/.506 triple-slash and 24 home runs, he's broken through the notion of a sophomore slump with flying colors. Today, 1:44 pm
  • Gomes batting fifth Thursday
    Jonny Gomes will bat fifth Thursday against the Tigers.

    Advice: Gomes, who was acquired from the Braves earlier this week, will start in left field against southpaw Matt Boyd. The 34-year-old owns an .890 OPS against left-handed pitching this season and makes for an appealing play in daily formats. Today, 1:21 pm
  • Nationals' Taylor (knee) out again Thursday
    Michael Taylor (knee) is out again Thursday.

    Advice: Taylor was a late scratch from Wednesday's series finale against the Cardinals with ongoing discomfort in his right knee. It's not believed to be a serious injury -- the Nationals were calling it a bruise last week -- but Taylor clearly needs at least one more day of rest. Bryce Harper is in center field and Clint Robinson is in left field on Thursday night against the Braves. Today, 1:02 pm
  • Mike Moustakas (hamstring) out again Thurs.
    Mike Moustakas (hamstring) is out again Thursday.

    Advice: Moustakas has now missed three straight games with a hamstring injury. It's considered minor, but the Royals will take advantage of their massive AL Central lead and give their third baseman an extra day of rest. Cheslor Cuthbert is at third base and batting eighth Thursday evening against Tigers lefty Matt Boyd. Today, 12:51 pm
  • Nationals activate Tyler Moore from the DL
    Nationals activated 1B/OF Tyler Moore from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Moore missed a little over two weeks with a left ankle sprain. The 28-year-old has batted just .200/.253/.347 in 162 plate appearances this season, but he'll provide some much-needed outfield depth for the Nationals in his return to the active roster on Thursday. Today, 11:57 am
    W, 15-1 vs Atl
  • Odor still feeling discomfort in right hand
    Rougned Odor acknowledged Wednesday that he's still experiencing discomfort in his right hand.

    Advice: Odor cracked the fingernail on his right middle finger last Tuesday and is having trouble on some throws, but he expects to play through the injury. "I feel good at the plate," Odor said. "Sometimes I feel it but not all the time. Sometimes I hit my finger on the other hand and I feel it. But not when I hit the ball." Today, 11:39 am
  • Yankees outright Cole Figueroa to Triple-A
    Yankees sent INF Cole Figueroa outright to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

    Advice: Figueroa was designated for assignment by the Yanks on September 1 and passed through waivers unclaimed. The 28-year-old has hit .299/.361/.368 this year in Triple-A. Today, 11:01 am
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  • Jason Heyward expected to hit free agency
    Cardinals GM John Mozeliak acknowledged Wednesday that any contract talks with Jason Heyward will likely have to wait until after the World Series.

    Advice: "In terms of when we can actually engage, it's really going to be this offseason," the Cardinals general manager told KMOX. It's a no-brainer for Heyward to test the free agent market at this point and he's going to cash in big as a 26-year-old with a range of high-level skills. Heyward is batting .292/.349/.441 in 128 games this season for first-place St. Louis and has continued to play Gold Glove defense in the outfield. He'll have many aggressive, deep-pocketed suitors. Today, 9:47 am
  • Sano (hamstring) out of Twins' lineup Thurs.
    Miguel Sano is not in the Twins' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon against the White Sox.

    Advice: Sano has been bothered by a mild right hamstring strain for a week, but the injury isn't slowing him down at all. He'll sit Thursday mostly for routine rest. Joe Mauer is at designated hitter against the Pale Hose. Today, 8:08 am
    L, 6-4 vs CWS
  • Kiermaier (ankle) returns to Rays' lineup
    Kevin Kiermaier (ankle) went 1-for-5 in his return to the Rays' starting lineup on Wednesday.

    Advice: Kiermaier sat out Tuesday after spraining his right ankle in Monday night's series opener against the Orioles. The 25-year-old is batting just .260/.293/.416 in 127 games this season, but he has played game-changing defense in center field. And the metrics back that up. Today, 6:07 am
  • Gregor Blanco (neck) goes 0-for-4 in return
    Gregor Blanco (neck) went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in the Giants' loss to the Dodgers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Blanco was held out of the Giants' starting lineup on Tuesday with some mild discomfort in his neck. The 31-year-old outfielder owns a relatively impressive .292/.372/.403 batting line in 109 games this season. Today, 5:55 am
  • CarGo knocks in seven, Rockies top D'Backs
    Carlos Gonzalez had a grand slam, a two-run homer and a sac fly to power the Rockies to a 9-4 win over the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

    Advice: Gonzalez is the eighth player to drive in seven runs in a game this year. He's now just one away from matching his career high of 34 homers, and with 80 RBI, he has a chance to reach the century mark for the second time in his career. It's too bad for his fantasy value that he doesn't try steals any more, but his owners will make that trade off in return for continued health. Yesterday, 9:54 pm
  • Utley pokes a homer in 2-1 win over Giants
    Chase Utley hit a solo homer off Mike Leake on Tuesday in a 2-1 triumph against the Giants.

    Advice: Utley finished 1-for-4, with his sixth inning shot the most meaningful offensive moment of the evening. It's just like old times for the 36-year-old, batting atop the lineup with old pal Jimmy Rollins. Unfortunately, we're in 2015 and opposing managers encourage Don Mattingly to stack his geriatric sub .300-OBPers atop the lineup. Since coming over on August 20, Utley has had two hits in a game once. Yesterday, 9:54 pm
  • Posey collects 3 hits despite Kershaw's gem
    Buster Posey went 3-for-4 in a 2-1 loss to the Dodgers on Wednesday.

    Advice: All three hits were singles and none led to a run because his teammates were busy getting sawed off by Clayton Kershaw. Posey has 11 hits in his last four games and is now batting .325 with 16 homers and 80 RBI. Yesterday, 9:49 pm
  • Logan Morrison hits 15th homer in win
    Logan Morrison came off the bench to walk and then hit a three-run homer Wednesday in the Mariners' 8-3 win over the Astros.

    Advice: Morrison also homered in his lone at-bat Tuesday. He has 15 homers this season, six of which have come against the Astros. He's likely going to resume playing against most righties with Jesus Montero down (and nearly out). Yesterday, 9:31 pm
  • Shawn O'Malley reaches four times
    Shawn O'Malley went 3-for-4 with a walk, a steal and two runs scored in his first big-league start Wednesday against the Astros.

    Advice: O'Malley was called up Tuesday after hitting .297/.345/.413 as a 27-year-old in the PCL. He's a future 25th man at best, but with Austin Jackson gone, he could have some AL-only value the rest of the way. Yesterday, 9:25 pm
  • Miguel Sano hits 15th homer
    Miguel Sano hit his 15th homer Wednesday off the White Sox's Carlos Rodon.

    Advice: 10 of those homers have come in his last 19 games. That's pretty amazing, but still not as amazing as the fact that he's hitting .296 despite striking out 77 times in 51 games. Yesterday, 8:21 pm
    L, 6-4 vs CWS
  • Morales clubs 3-run homer as Royals win
    Kendrys Morales went 2-for-5 with a three-run home run as the Royals skated to a 12-1 victory over the Tigers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Morales turned the game into a laugher, as his three-run home run in the fourth inning off of Guido Knudson made it a 9-0 game. He's keeping his foot on the pedal of a fine season, batting .288/.354/.471 with 17 home runs and 94 RBI. Yesterday, 8:17 pm
  • Zobrist homers as Royals rout the Tigers
    Ben Zobrist went 1-for-2 with a walk and a solo home run as the Royals routed the Tigers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Zobrist knocked in the first of the Royals' 12 runs, clubbing a solo home run to left field off of Randy Wolf in the first inning. It's his 11th of the season and fifth since joining the Royals in late July. On the season, Zobrist is hitting a solid .285/.373/.470. Yesterday, 8:12 pm
    5:10 pm vs Det
  • Taylor (knee) a late scratch Wednesday
    Michael Taylor (knee) was a late scratch from the Nationals' lineup on Wednesday.

    Advice: Taylor was originally in the lineup for the series finale against the Cardinals, but he was replaced by Bryce Harper in center field shortly before the start of the game. Harper slid over from right field, Jayson Werth moved from left to right and Danny Espinosa, who wasn't previously in the lineup, got the start in left. The Nationals should provide an update on Taylor's status after the game. Yesterday, 4:27 pm
  • Sano (hamstring) in Twins' lineup Wednesday
    Miguel Sano (hamstring) is in the Twins' starting lineup on Wednesday night against the White Sox.

    Advice: Sano has been nursing a mild right hamstring strain since last Thursday, but the young designated hitter has simply been taking it easy on the bases and will continue to do so as the Twins try to maintain a good spot in the American League Wild Card race. Sano hit his 14th home run on Tuesday night and he boasts a 1.011 OPS with 41 RBI through his first 50 major league games. Yesterday, 2:44 pm
    L, 6-4 vs CWS
  • Mike Moustakas (hamstring) sitting out again
    Mike Moustakas (hamstring) remained out of the Royals' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Moustakas is dealing with a minor hamstring issue and has missed the last two contests. He's considered day-to-day. Cheslor Cuthbert is at third base in his place. Yesterday, 12:56 pm
  • Arenado blasts 32nd homer among three hits
    Nolan Arenado went 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored against the Diamondbacks in the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader.

    Advice: Arenado had an RBI single in the first inning before hitting a solo homer in the third. The third baseman homered in both games of Tuesday's doubleheader, finishing 5-for-8 with three RBI and three runs scored on the day. The 24-year-old is enjoying a tremendous offensive season in Colorado, leading the league in both homers and RBI. Arenado is batting .280/.317/.556 with 32 homers, 77 runs scored and 98 RBI on the year. Tuesday, 10:45 pm
  • Sano homers among three hits vs. White Sox
    Miguel Sano went 3-for-5 with a home run and two runs scored Tuesday against the White Sox.

    Advice: It was Sano's solo homer in the bottom of the seventh inning that tied the game and eventually allowed the Twins to come back and secure the win. The homer was his 14th through 50 games this year. He strikes out a lot, too, which was expected, but the Twins will take the whiffs when they come with a .295/.403/.608 line. At just 22 years old, Sano should continue to be a special player for years to come. Tuesday, 8:45 pm
    L, 6-4 vs CWS
  • Gregor Blanco nursing neck injury
    Gregor Blanco is dealing with some neck discomfort.

    Advice: It's not clear whether he's available off the bench Tuesday. Consider Blanco day-to-day. Tuesday, 5:25 pm
  • Moustakas out Tuesday with hamstring injury
    Mike Moustakas is out of the Royals' lineup on Tuesday due to a hamstring injury.

    Advice: It's thought to be a minor issue, with Royals manager Ned Yost telling reporters that Moustakas could be back in action within a day or two. Ben Zobrist is getting the nod at third base Tuesday versus the Tigers. Tuesday, 2:00 pm
  • Mariners call up Shawn O'Malley from Triple-A
    Mariners purchased the contract of INF/OF Shawn O'Malley from Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: O'Malley is being rewarded after a nice season in Triple-A where he batted .297/.345/.413 with five home runs, 39 RBI, and 20 steals over 89 games. The 27-year-old previously appeared in 14 games with the Angels last season. Tuesday, 1:16 pm
  • Kiermaier (ankle) not in Rays' lineup Tuesday
    Kevin Kiermaier (ankle) won't play Tuesday night.

    Advice: Kiermaier sprained his right ankle on Monday night against the Orioles. He also made a fantastic catch to rob Manny Machado of a home run in that same game. The rangy center fielder should be fine in a few days. Brandon Guyer is in center Tuesday versus Baltimore. Tuesday, 1:02 pm
  • CarGo not in lineup for first game of DH
    Carlos Gonzalez is not in the starting lineup for the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Brandon Barnes will start in right field. Look for CarGo to play in the nightcap. Tuesday, 10:25 am
  • Yanks designate INF Figueroa for assignment
    Yankees designated INF Cole Figueroa for assignment.

    Advice: The move opens up a spot on the Yankees' 40-man roster. Figueroa, 28, has appeared in two games with the Yankees this season and was batting .299/.361/.368 over 118 games in Triple-A. Tuesday, 9:07 am
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  • Posey collects 4 hits in Giants' 14-inn. loss
    Buster Posey went 4-for-7 but the Giants were defeated in 14 innings by the Dodgers on Monday.

    Advice: All four hits were singles, but the Giants couldn't capitalize on any of them. Posey is batting a lusty .321/.377/.475 with 16 home runs and 80 RBI on the season. Tuesday, 12:50 am
  • Heyward adds 2 hits, 2 RBI in Cards' win
    Jason Heyward had two hits, two RBI, and two runs scored in four at-bats as the Cardinals bested the Nationals on Monday.

    Advice: Heyward singled and scored in a three-run fourth inning. In the seventh, he hit a two-run double and later scored as the Cardinals plated five runs to retake the lead. The outfielder has multiple hits in three consecutive games and is now hitting .293/.350/.445 with 11 home runs, 50 RBI, 67 runs scored, and 20 stolen bases. Monday, 8:27 pm
  • Royals announce trade for Jonny Gomes
    Royals acquired OF Jonny Gomes and cash considerations from the Braves in exchange for SS Luis Valenzuela.

    Advice: Gomes has batted just .221/.325/.364 on the season but entered play Monday with a .271/.375/.458 batting line in the second half. He should serve mainly as a pinch-hitting option versus left-handers down the stretch. Monday, 6:44 pm
  • Kevin Kiermaier exits with mild ankle sprain
    Kevin Kiermaier left Monday's game against the Orioles with a mild right ankle sprain.

    Advice: No word on whether it happened when he made a ridiculous catch in the first inning to rob Manny Machado of a home run. Consider Kiermaier day-to-day. Monday, 5:50 pm
  • Royals to acquire outfielder Jonny Gomes
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Royals have acquired Jonny Gomes from the Braves.

    Advice: CBS Sports' Jon Heyman says the Braves will receive infield prospect Luis Valenzuela in return, with the Braves also sending the Royals some cash. Gomes was in the Braves' lineup Monday but was pulled following the fifth inning after the trade was apparently agreed upon. He's hitting only .221/.325/.364 on the season but entered play Monday with a .271/.375/.458 batting line in the second half. He'll offer the Royals a nice pinch-hitting option versus lefties. Monday, 5:44 pm
  • Teams showing interest in Jonny Gomes
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that "a few teams" are showing interest in Jonny Gomes.

    Advice: Gomes could be a solid pinch-hitting option against lefties for a contending team down the stretch. He's hitting just .223/.327/.368 overall this season but has a .271/.375/.458 batting line since the All-Star break. Monday, 3:51 pm
  • Dickerson (ribs) to take batting practice
    Corey Dickerson (ribs) will take batting practice on Monday.

    Advice: It will be his first time doing so since he suffered non-displaced fractures of two ribs back in late July. Dickerson probably half-jokingly said that he could play Tuesday if the Rockies would let him, but they won't. Regardless, it does appear he's making progress so we can't rule out him regaining fantasy relevance in September. Monday, 2:40 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 11-3 vs SF
  • Rougned Odor (finger) back in action Monday
    Rougned Odor (finger) is back in the Rangers' lineup Monday.

    Advice: It's Odor's first start since he cracked the fingernail on his right middle finger last Tuesday. The young infielder has hit .336/.369/.581 since returning from the minors. Monday, 2:30 pm
  • Yunel Escobar (hand) back in Nats' lineup
    Yunel Escobar (hand) is back in the Nationals' lineup Monday.

    Advice: It's his first game since he was hit on the right hand by a pitch last Thursday. Escobar has had a surprisingly nice season with a .308/.367/.423 batting line and nine homers. Monday, 1:43 pm
  • Michael Taylor (knee) goes 2-for-4 in return
    Michael Taylor (knee) went 2-for-4 with two runs scored in his return to the Nationals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Taylor was held out for a couple games after bruising his right knee. The young outfielder is going to be an important player for the second-place Nationals down the stretch with Denard Span (hip) now ruled out for the remainder of the 2015 season. Taylor, 24, is batting .243/.292/.391 with 13 home runs and 15 stolen bases in 111 games this year at the major league level. Monday, 7:15 am
  • Heyward triples, scores twice vs Giants
    Jason Heyward went 3-for-5 with an RBI triple, a double and two runs scored in Sunday's win over the Giants.

    Advice: Lovely game from Heyward, who was off to the races with an RBI triple against Giants starter Chris Heston in the first inning. After a dreadful April, he's been everything the Cardinals could have hoped for when they traded for him in the off-season, as he now maintains a .291/.349/.442 triple-slash with 11 homers, 48 RBI and 20 steals. Sunday, 4:19 pm
  • Kiermaier's homer the deciding factor vs. KC
    Kevin Kiermaier's solo home run was the deciding factor on Sunday as the Rays beat the Royals.

    Advice: Kiermaier broke a 2-2 tie in the sixth inning, slugging a solo home run to right field off of Luke Hochevar. He's put together a decent season, batting .261/.295/.420 with seven home runs, 31 RBI, 50 runs scored, and 16 stolen bases. He also leads the majors with 12 triples. Sunday, 1:29 pm
  • Rougned Odor (finger) held out again Sunday
    Rougned Odor (finger) remained out of the Rangers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He was able to go through some pregame drills, suggesting his return is close. Hanser Alberto is filling in at second base again for Odor. Sunday, 9:15 am
  • Yunel Escobar (hand) still out Sunday
    Yunel Escobar (hand) remained out of the Nationals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's missed three straight starts with a sore right hand. The good news is that Escobar played catch Sunday, so he could be back in there shortly. Anthony Rendon is handling third base and Danny Espinosa is at second Sunday. Sunday, 9:13 am
  • Michael Taylor (knee) returns to Nats' lineup
    Michael Taylor (knee) is back in the Nationals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Taylor didn't start the last couple games due to a bruised right knee. He was able to pinch-hit Saturday, though, and is back in the lineup Sunday. Sunday, 7:54 am
  • Michael Taylor (knee) appears as pinch-hitter
    Michael Taylor (knee) grounded out as a pinch-hitter in Saturday's win over the Marlins.

    Advice: Taylor hasn't started the last two games due to a bruised right knee, but that he was able to pinch-hit is a good sign that he's close. He could be back in the lineup Sunday. Sunday, 5:24 am
  • Moustakas doubles twice, drives in three
    Mike Moustakas went 3-for-5 with two doubles and three RBI in Saturday's win over the Rays.

    Advice: Moustakas worked an RBI double in the fourth, another RBI double in the fifth and an RBI single in the ninth. Of his last seven games, three have been of the three-hit variety. He also has a pair of two-hit games in that stretch. The recent hot streak has boosted his overall triple-slash to .285/.352/.452 with 15 homers and 59 RBI. Saturday, 6:44 pm
  • Kiermaier cranks two-run homer
    Kevin Kiermaier went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run and a steal in Saturday's loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Kiermaier smacked a two-run homer off of Royals starter Kris Medlen in the fourth inning, his sixth homer of the season. He also recorded steal No. 16 in the contest. While he's hit well in April, June and August, his overall batting line is a pedestrian .261/.294/.413. Saturday, 6:40 pm
  • Michael Taylor (knee) remains sidelined
    Michael Taylor (knee) is not in the Nationals' starting lineup Saturday against the Marlins.

    Advice: He banged his right knee against the outfield wall in Thursday's win against San Diego. Denard Span's season-ending hip injury has opened up playing time for Taylor in center field. Bryce Harper will get the start there on Saturday. Saturday, 3:42 pm
  • Escobar (hand) sitting out again Saturday
    Yunel Escobar (hand) is not in the Nationals' starting lineup Saturday against the Marlins.

    Advice: It's the second game in a row he's missed with a hand injury. Anthony Rendon is filling in at third base. Escobar has posted a surprising .308 average this year in 408 at-bats. That's well above his .279 career average. He's day-to-day. Saturday, 3:38 pm
  • Chase Utley getting the day off Saturday
    Chase Utley is not in the Dodgers' starting lineup Saturday against the Cubs.

    Advice: It's Utley's first absence since joining the Dodgers last week. Before the game. Utley was seen taking grounders at third base, a position he's never played in the major leagues. Rookie Jose Peraza will start at second base and bat eighth. Saturday, 3:21 pm
  • Rougned Odor absent from Saturday's lineup
    Rougned Odor (finger) remained out of the Rangers' lineup Saturday against the Orioles.

    Advice: A cracked fingernail has kept him out since Tuesday. Hansen Alberto will grab another start at second base. With the rosters expanding in a few days, there's no need for Texas to place Odor on the disabled list. The 21-year-old has had a productive year, hitting .280 with a solid .479 slugging percentage. Saturday, 1:48 pm
  • Sano (hamstring) back in Twins' lineup Sat.
    Miguel Sano (hamstring) is back in the Twins' starting lineup Saturday versus the Astros.

    Advice: Sano sat out Friday as a precautionary measure due to some mild tightness in his right hamstring. He is at DH and batting cleanup against Houston left-hander Scott Kazmir. Saturday, 1:17 pm
    L, 6-4 vs CWS
  • Miguel Sano expected to return on Saturday
    Miguel Sano (hamstring) is expected to return to the Twins lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Sano sat out Friday's game as a precautionary measure due to a minor hamstring injury, but he's fully expected to be ready to go on Saturday. The 22-year-old is hitting an impressive .289/.394/.584 with 12 homers and 38 RBI in 47 games. Saturday, 11:04 am
    L, 6-4 vs CWS
  • Buster Posey not in Giants lineup Saturday
    Buster Posey is not in the Giants starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Posey was drilled by a pitch in his elbow last night, so it's not surprising to see him get a day of rest. Andrew Susac will start behind the dish and bat seventh for the Giants against Lance Lynn and the Cardinals. Saturday, 10:44 am
  • Blanco reaches three times in win on Friday
    Gregor Blanco (hip) showed no signs of rust in his return to the Giants starting lineup on Friday, going 2-for-4 plus a walk in a victory over the Cardinals.

    Advice: Blanco had missed the previous two games due to a strained left hip. He has done a terrific job for the Giants this season, slashing .294/.378/.412 with three homers, 24 RBI and 12 stolen bases in 289 at-bats. Saturday, 5:19 am
  • Abreu strikes out twice in shutout loss
    Jose Abreu went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in Friday's loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: The White Sox had only four hits as a team, so Abreu probably shouldn't feel too poorly about his off-game. He's slashing .294/.351/.513 with 24 homers and 78 RBI. There are hitters with better numbers, but the 28-year-old first baseman has been one of the most consistent bats in the game this season. Friday, 9:57 pm
  • Zobrist doubles, singles in win over Rays
    Ben Zobrist went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored in Friday's win over the Rays.

    Advice: Zobrist has been a monster since joining the Royals at the trade deadline, racking up 35 hits (including eight doubles and four home runs) over 102 at-bats. During his current little five-game hitting streak, he's 8-for-18. Simply marvelous. For the season, he maintains a .291/.377/.475 triple-slash to pair with 10 homers, 46 RBI and 59 runs scored. Friday, 8:05 pm
    5:10 pm vs Det
  • Morales destroys baseball for two-run homer
    Kendrys Morales went 2-for-4 with a long two-run homer and a strikeout in Friday's win over the Rays.

    Advice: Morales absolutely teed off on an Erasmo Ramirez offering in the third inning, cracking a two-run homer that traveled an estimated 439 feet out to center. The bomb was his 15th of the season and boosted his RBI total to 89. His career-best for RBI in a year is 108, set in 2009 when he played for the Angels. He should fall somewhere in that range when the 2015 record books are closed out in a month. Friday, 8:01 pm
  • CarGo blasts another homer in losing effort
    Carlos Gonzalez blasted his 31st home run of the season on Friday, but it wasn't enough for the Rockies to overcome the Pirates.

    Advice: His solo shot in the sixth inning tied the score at 3-3 but would wind up being the extent of the Rockies offense. After an absolutely miserable start to his season, Gonzalez is hitting .299 (75-for-251) with 27 homers and 59 RBI in his last 69 games. Friday, 7:30 pm
  • Miguel Sano nursing minor hamstring injury
    Miguel Sano is not playing Friday due to a minor right hamstring injury.

    Advice: Sano had been slated to play third base, but Twins manager Paul Molitor has decided to play it safe and sit him out. The hope is that he'll be ready to return to the designated hitter spot Saturday. Friday, 2:35 pm
    L, 6-4 vs CWS
  • Miguel Sano getting a day off Friday
    Miguel Sano is not in the Twins' lineup Friday.

    Advice: It's a simple day of rest. Torii Hunter is in the designated hitter spot, with Eddie Rosario in right field and Shane Robinson in left. Friday, 1:48 pm
    L, 6-4 vs CWS
  • Yunel Escobar (hand) still out on Friday
    Yunel Escobar (hand) is out of the Nationals' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Escobar had to exit Thursday's contest after being hit on the right hand by a pitch. X-rays came back clean, but he remains sore. Anthony Rendon is handling third base, while Trea Turner is getting his first major league start at second. Friday, 1:36 pm
  • Odor (finger) out of Rangers' lineup again
    Rougned Odor (finger) remained out of the Rangers' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Odor hasn't played since cracking his right middle fingernail when he was hit by a grounder Tuesday. He did work out again prior to the game and should be back in there soon. Hanser Alberto is holding down second base again in Odor's place. Friday, 1:23 pm
  • Michael Taylor (knee) to miss a few games
    Michael Taylor (knee) is expected to be sidelined for a few days.

    Advice: The feeling is that Taylor didn't cause any major damage when he collided with the outfield wall Thursday, but he has a bad bruise on his right knee. He could wind up missing the entire weekend series against the Marlins. Matt den Dekker should handle center field for a few days. Friday, 11:32 am
  • X-rays come back negative for Taylor
    Michael Taylor (knee) is listed as day-to-day after being diagnosed with a right knee contusion on Thursday.

    Advice: Taylor was pulled from Thursday's game in the seventh inning after crashing into the outfield wall. Thankfully, he was able to avoid any significant injuries and should be cleared to return to the Nationals lineup at some point over the weekend. Thursday, 7:31 pm
  • Yunel Escobar (hand) listed as day-to-day
    Yunel Escobar is considered day-to-day after X-rays on his hand came back negative late Thursday.

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

    Advice: Taylor was attempting to track down a deep drive off the bat of Melvin Upton when he leaped and crashed into the outfield wall at full speed. The injury is believed to have occurred to his right knee, though the severity is unknown at the moment. The Nationals should have an update on his status after the game. Thursday, 7:07 pm
  • Yunel Escobar leaves after hit by pitch
    Yunel Escobar was removed from Thursday's game against the Padres after being hit by a pitch on his right hand.

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

    Advice: Moustakas also scored a run in the contest. After a small slump coming out of the All-Star break, Moustakas has really picked up the pace offensively in recent weeks. With his three-hit attack he's now hitting .283/.350/.449 with 56 RBI on the year. Thursday, 4:50 pm
  • Gregor Blanco (hip) out of SF lineup Thursday
    Gregor Blanco (hip) is out of the Giants' starting lineup Thursday against the Cubs.

    Advice: Blanco was a late scratch from Wednesday's game with a left hip strain, but he felt good running in the outfield on Thursday morning and could be available off the bench already. Juan Perez is starting in center field and batting seventh on Thursday afternoon. Thursday, 11:13 am
  • Matt Duffy (ankle) in Giants' lineup Thursday
    Matt Duffy (ankle) is in the Giants' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon against the Cubs.

    Advice: Duffy suffered a right ankle sprain on Wednesday, but it obviously wasn't a significant one. He drew a walk, stole a base, and scored a run in the win. The National League Rookie of the Year candidate is batting .306/.345/.465 in 113 total games this year. Thursday, 10:44 am
    New Player Note
    Matt Duffy SF - 2B,3B,SS
    L, 11-3 @Col
  • Matt Duffy day-to-day with right ankle sprain
    Matt Duffy suffered a right ankle sprain in the Giants' defeat of the Cubs on Wednesday.

    Advice: X-rays turned up negative for anything major, but Duffy might have to give the sprain a couple of days. The young third baseman drew a walk, stole a base, and scored a run on Wednesday night before departing the eventual 4-2 victory. He is batting .306/.345/.456 in 113 total games this season as a rookie. Thursday, 5:58 am
    New Player Note
    Matt Duffy SF - 2B,3B,SS
    L, 11-3 @Col
  • Mike Moustakas hits 15th homer
    Mike Moustakas went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer against the Orioles on Wednesday.

    Advice: Moustakas has four homers in six games, bringing his season total to 15 homers and 54 RBI in 430 at-bats. Last year, he finished with 15 homers and 54 RBI in 457 at-bats. The big difference this year is that he's hitting .279, compared to .212 last year. Wednesday, 8:49 pm
  • Castellanos drills solo homer in win vs. LAA
    Nick Castellanos went 1-for-4 with a solo home run as the Tigers topped the Angels 5-0 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Castellanos started the scoring in the second inning with a solo homer off of Hector Santiago. It's his ninth home run in 36 second-half games, accounting for 60 percent of his 15 total long balls on the season. Castellanos has driven in 63 runs and compiled an adequate .248/.303/.424 batting line. Wednesday, 7:19 pm
  • Blanco a late scratch with left hip strain
    Gregor Blanco was a late scratch from Wednesday's lineup with a left hip strain.

    Advice: Blanco was replaced in the lineup by Juan Perez. It's another blow to a team ravaged by injuries this year. The Giants should provide a clearer outlook on Blanco shortly. Wednesday, 6:01 pm
  • Arenado getting night off Wednesday vs. ATL
    Nolan Arenado is out of the Rockies' starting lineup on Wednesday night against the Braves.

    Advice: It's just the fifth game Arenado hasn't started this season. Daniel Descalso will get the nod at third base while Arenado rests his body and mind for a night. Wednesday, 2:00 pm
  • CarGo (knee) back in Rockies' lineup Wed.
    Carlos Gonzalez (knee) is back in the Rockies' starting lineup Wednesday night against the Braves.

    Advice: Gonzalez missed Tuesday's game after making an early exit Monday with a nagging right knee injury. He will start in right field and bat third in his return Wednesday. Wednesday, 1:59 pm
  • Heyward steals 20th base versus Diamondbacks
    Jason Heyward finished 1-for-3 with two RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base against the Diamondbacks on Tuesday.

    Advice: Heyward's two-run single in the first inning was the start of a nine-run outburst from the Cardinals' offense in the win. Heyward stole second base shortly thereafter, his 20th stolen base of the year. It is the third time in the past four seasons the 26-year-old has hit the 20-steal benchmark. Heyward is hitting .290/.349/.441 with 11 homers, 46 RBI and 62 runs scored on the year. Tuesday, 10:42 pm
  • Morales homers as Royals eke out win vs. O's
    Kendrys Morales clubbed a solo home run and drew a pair of walks in four plate appearances Tuesday as the Royals eked out a win against the Orioles.

    Advice: Morales started the scoring when he went yard to right-center off of Miguel Gonzalez in the second inning. Though his numbers have tapered off over the last two weeks, the DH has been a steady force in the middle of the Royals' lineup, batting .283/.349/.453 with 14 home runs and 86 RBI. Tuesday, 10:11 pm
  • Odor hits 11th home run in loss to Blue Jays
    Rougned Odor went 2-for-3 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored in Tuesday's loss to the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Odor hit a solo homer in the second inning, his 11th home run of the season. Odor added an RBI double in the fourth. The second baseman is having a strong sophomore campaign, batting .280/.333/.479 with 43 RBI and 38 runs scored in 87 games. Tuesday, 9:20 pm
  • Sano belts three-run blast in Twins' outburst
    Miguel Sano hit a three-run homer and scored two runs as the Twins prevailed in an 11-7 slugfest against the Rays on Tuesday.

    Advice: Sano hit a three-run shot in the first inning, his only hit in four at-bats. The homer was his fifth in his last eight games and Sano's 12th overall. The slugger is hitting .287/.397/.592 with 37 RBI in his first 45 major league games. Tuesday, 8:40 pm
    L, 6-4 vs CWS
  • Kiermaier nabs three hits, two steals vs. MIN
    Kevin Kiermaier went 3-for-5 with two stolen bases and an RBI in a loss to the Twins on Tuesday.

    Advice: Kiermaier had an RBI single in the third inning, one of three singles on the night. The 25-year-old has oscillated between good and bad months, batting .306 in April, .173 in May, .314 in June, .200 in July and now .310 this month through Tuesday's game. Kiermaier is hitting .255/.288/.400 with 47 runs scored, 28 RBI and 15 steals on the year. Tuesday, 8:37 pm
  • X-rays on Rougned Odor's finger are negative
    X-rays on Rougned Odor's right middle finger came back negative.

    Advice: Odor's fingers got bloodied up when it was hit by a grounder Tuesday, but it appears he just has a laceration. Consider him day-to-day. Tuesday, 7:36 pm
  • Rougned Odor exits game with hand injury
    Rougned Odor left Tuesday's game against the Blue Jays after being hit on the right hand by a grounder.

    Advice: The tip of Odor's right middle finger was noticeably bloody as he was lifted from the contest. He's being sent for an X-ray, although the Rangers are saying it's just precautionary. Tuesday, 6:57 pm
  • Carlos Gonzalez (knee) available off bench
    Rockies manager Walt Weiss said that Carlos Gonzalez (knee) is "definitely available" off the bench Tuesday.

    Advice: He didn't start the game after exiting Monday's contest with a nagging right knee injury. The knee has bothered CarGo off and on for a few weeks but this is the first time he's missed a game because of it. "He's day to day, but he's definitely available," Weiss said. "I don't anticipate it being a major deal." Tuesday, 5:30 pm
  • Yunel Escobar (neck) in Tuesday's lineup
    Yunel Escobar (neck) is back in Tuesday's lineup against the Padres.

    Advice: Escobar hasn't played since leaving Friday's game with a hyperextended neck. With his return and Denard Span's activation from the DL, the Nationals have their full lineup together for the first time this season. Tuesday, 12:48 pm
  • Moore (ankle) to begin rehab stint Tuesday
    Tyler Moore (ankle) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with High-A Potomac.

    Advice: Moore suffered a left ankle sprain last week, but he should be back in September. The 28-year-old is batting .200/.253/.347 with four home runs and 22 RBI over 162 plate appearances this season. Tuesday, 10:49 am
    W, 15-1 vs Atl
  • Abreu's homer not enough as White Sox lose
    Jose Abreu went 2-for-4 with a double and a solo home run but the White Sox were defeated by the Red Sox on Monday.

    Advice: Abreu gave the White Sox a briefly-held 1-0 lead with a solo home run in the first inning off of Joe Kelly. He'd add a double and score in the ninth inning, helping the White Sox attempt to overcome a three-run deficit. Abreu has homered in back-to-back games, giving him 24 on the season along with 78 RBI and a .295/.354/.519 triple-slash line. Aug 24, 8:47 pm
  • Moustakas homer sends Royals past Orioles
    Mike Moustakas hit a game-tying two-run home run, allowing the Royals to come back to win against the Royals on Monday.

    Advice: Moustakas, who finished 1-for-4 on the evening, turned a 3-1 deficit into a 3-3 tie when he slugged a Ubaldo Jimenez offering to right-center for his 14th home run of the season. The third baseman has homered in three of his last four games, continuing to hit in what has been a breakout age-26 season. Moustakas is hitting .274/.341/.432 with 51 RBI along with the 14 round-trippers. Aug 24, 8:02 pm
  • Gomes homers, knocks in 3 to beat the Rockies
    Jonny Gomes went 2-for-4 with an RBI single and a two-run home run to help the Braves beat the Rockies on Monday.

    Advice: Gomes gave the Braves a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first inning with a two-run blast off of Jorge De La Rosa. He'd add an RBI single in the fifth to extend the Braves' lead to 4-2. It was Gomes' first start since August 15. The veteran has had his moments, but has largely been unimpressive, batting .214/.320/.348 with six home runs and 20 RBI in 219 plate appearances. Aug 24, 7:08 pm
  • Carlos Gonzalez day-to-day with sore knee
    Carlos Gonzalez left Monday's game versus the Braves with right knee soreness.

    Advice: It's the same thing that forced him from a game last week. It didn't cost him any starts last week and the Rockies are listing Gonzalez day-to-day for the time being. The slugger was hitless in two plate appearances before exiting. Aug 24, 6:06 pm
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