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  • Mike Trout homers, reaches four times
    Mike Trout went 2-for-2 with a homer and two walks as the Angels edged the A's 2-1 on Monday.

    Advice: Trout has never finished a season with a 1.000 OPS, but he has a chance this year; tonight put him back up to 1.001. He's also one homer away from 30 and two RBI away from 100. Yesterday, 11:58 pm
  • Joe Wendle goes 0-for-4 in loss
    Joe Wendle went 0-for-4 as Oakland's leadoff man in Monday's loss to the Athletics.

    Advice: The A's have tons of at-bats available for Wendle, Brett Eibner and two guys very likely to be let go in October in Danny Valencia and Yonder Alonso, but they can't find a single start for Arismendy Alcantara somehow. Wendle is hitting .260 since getting the call on Aug. 31, but that comes with just one extra-base hit and five walks in 77 at-bats. At best, he'll be an adequate platoon second baseman while he's cheap. Yesterday, 11:54 pm
  • Robinson Cano homers twice in victory
    Robinson Cano homered in the third and 11th innings Monday to propel the Mariners to a 4-3 win over the Astros.

    Advice: Cano's first homer overtook his previous career high of 33 from 2012. The second was more than cherry on top, though; it helped keep the Mariners postseason hopes alive. He has 94 RBI now, and the Mariners could have three players reach the century mark in that category; Nelson Cruz is up to 101 and Kyle Seager is at 96. Yesterday, 9:36 pm
  • Mike Zunino strikes out five times
    Mike Zunino went 0-for-5 and struck out three times against the Astros.

    Advice: Zunino turned the corner a few months ago. Then he turned another corner in August, and now he's practically right back where he was last year at this time; he's in a 10-for-75 slump that's dropped his average from .280 to .207 and his OPS from 1.102 to .785. Granted, no one ever thought he'd last with the 1.100 OPS. Still, we were hoping we'd seen the last of these horrendous slumps. Yesterday, 9:26 pm
  • Jonathan Villar homers twice against Rangers
    Jonathan Villar homered twice, doubled and knocked in five runs to lead the Brewers past the Rangers 8-3 on Monday.

    Advice: That's not so good for the old stolen base numbers there, Jonathan. Still, he's up to 18 homers this year after hitting 10 over 589 at-bats in parts of three seasons with the Astros. There was no doubt he'd steal a whole bunch of bases if the playing time was to be had, but the power outburst didn't seem so likely. Yesterday, 9:21 pm
  • Carlos Gomez goes 3-for-4 against Brewers
    Carlos Gomez went 3-for-4 with a double, two RBI and a stolen base Monday against the Brewers.

    Advice: The Astros could have used this Gomez, but it just wasn't happening. He has more homers (six) in 102 at-bats for Texas than he did in 295 at-bats for Houston (five). He's also hitting .275 with 12 walks, giving him a .357 OBP. His OBP in Houston was .272. Yesterday, 9:14 pm
  • Steve Selsky has five-hit night versus Cards
    Steve Selsky went 5-for-5 with a home run and four RBI in Monday's win over the Cardinals.

    Advice: Selsky had never tallied multiple hits in a game in his brief big league career before this one. He was part of a 22-hit, 15-run attack by the Reds, as Cincinnati ambushed Jaime Garcia and the Cardinals' bullpen. It's safe to say Selsky probably has earned a spot in Tuesday's lineup. Yesterday, 9:09 pm
  • Adam Duvall homers twice, drives in five
    Adam Duvall went 4-for-6 with a pair of homers and five RBI in Monday's blowout victory over the Cardinals.

    Advice: He homered in the first inning, had an RBI single in the fourth, another homer in the fifth and another single in the seventh. The two-homer night was Duvall's third of the season and pushed his home run total for the year to 33, which trails only Nolan Arenado, Kris Bryant and Chris Carter in the National League. He also reached the 100-RBI mark Monday. Yesterday, 9:04 pm
  • Justin Morneau hits sixth home run
    Justin Morneau went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer and three RBI against the Rays on Monday.

    Advice: Morneau came back pretty strong in his return from elbow surgery, but he entered tonight hitting just .215/.255/.333 with eight RBI in his previous 27 games, leaving him with a .709 OPS overall. The White Sox have nothing to play for right now, but Morneau could use a big final week to entice a team to give him a DH job next year. Yesterday, 8:57 pm
  • Roberto Perez goes 3-for-4, homers
    Roberto Perez went 3-for-4 with a solo homer and two RBI as the Indians topped the Tigers 7-4 on Monday.

    Advice: Perez badly needed this. He showed a nice bat in his backup role last year, but he's struggled miserably this season while being asked to step it up in Yan Gomes' absence; he entered the game tonight with a .168/.265/.256 line. If he can keep it going this week, then he should enter the postseason as the clear starter in Cleveland. He's getting the bulk of the playing time anyway. Yesterday, 8:52 pm
  • Jean Segura slugs two homers in D'Backs rout
    Jean Segura clubbed a pair of home runs and drove in three in Monday's blowout win over the Nationals.

    Advice: Segura got the scoring starting for the D'Backs with a solo shot in the fourth and then added a two-run shot in the eighth. He also had a single on the night. A lot of things have gone wrong for Arizona this season, but Segura certainly hasn't been one of them. He's up to a career-high 19 home runs and is just four hits shy of a 200-hit campaign. Yesterday, 8:47 pm
  • J.D. Martinez hits 22nd homer
    J.D. Martinez went 2-for-4 and hit his 22nd homer Monday against the Indians.

    Advice: 22 homers in 441 at-bats is pretty good, but the surprise from Martinez this year is his .381 OBP. It doesn't count for as much as it should, since he's hitting fifth for the Tigers and not scoring a ton of runs, but he's been an elite offensive force. Yesterday, 8:43 pm
  • Asdrubal Cabrera drives in a couple runs
    Asdrubal Cabrera reached base four times and drove in two runs in Monday's loss to the Marlins.

    Advice: Cabrera plated a couple runs in the fifth inning after the Marlins had jumped out to a 7-0 lead. He also had a single and a couple walks on the night, continuing his red-hot hitting in spite of the fact that he's been battling some nagging injuries. He's batting .367 since returning from the disabled list last month. Yesterday, 8:18 pm
  • Baez's six RBI propel Cubs to 100th victory
    Javier Baez hit a grand slam and drove in a career-high six runs in Monday's victory over the Pirates.

    Advice: Baez took Chad Kuhl deep in the fourth inning for his second grand slam of the season. He wasn't done there, adding a two-RBI single in the sixth to extend the Cubs' lead to 11-0 at the time. Kris Bryant also went deep for the Cubbies, who claimed their 100th victory of the season. It's the first time since 1935 that the Cubs have reached 100 wins. Yesterday, 7:58 pm
    New Player Note
    Javier Báez ChC - 2B,3B,SS
    4:05 pm @Pit
  • Travis (shoulder) makes early exit Monday
    Devon Travis left Monday's game against the Yankees with a shoulder injury.

    Advice: Travis went 0-for-3 with a strikeout before leaving after five innings. The specifics of the issues aren't yet clear, but it's worth noting that he had a pair of surgeries on his left shoulder last year. We should know more soon. Yesterday, 7:49 pm
    4:07 pm vs Bal
  • Soler to have right side examined
    Jorge Soler will have his right side examined.

    Advice: Soler recently missed some time with tightness in his side and he was moving gingerly during Sunday's game. The Cubs should have an update on his status by the end of the day Monday or Tuesday afternoon. Yesterday, 4:55 pm
    4:05 pm @Pit
  • Matt Carpenter dealing with injury to finger
    Matt Carpenter has been dealing with an issue to his right ring finger.

    Advice: That explains his absence from Monday's lineup. It's apparently been a lingering issue, so the hope is that the rest will improve his symptoms. Not ideal with the Cardinals fighting to stay in the race. Greg Garcia will start at second base and bat leadoff Monday. Yesterday, 3:57 pm
    5:15 pm vs Cin
  • Kiermaier (hand) hopes to return Tuesday
    Kevin Kiermaier (hand) hopes to return to the starting lineup on Tuesday.

    Advice: Kiermaier was hit in the hand by a pitch on Sunday and has been dealing with more soreness than originally expected. The hope is that some rest and treatment will do the trick. Yesterday, 3:12 pm
    5:10 pm @CWS
  • Rasmus (hip, groin) likely done for year
    Colby Rasmus (hip, groin) is not expected to play again this season.

    Advice: Rasmus has been sent to Philadelphia to see a specialist for his hip/groin issue. It's worth noting that he's not even listed on the lineup card for Monday's game. Rasmus returned to the Astros on a one-year, $15.8 million qualifying offer this season, but he'll finish the year with an ugly .206/.286/.355 batting line over 107 games. Yesterday, 2:28 pm
    5:10 pm vs Sea
  • Kiermaier not in Monday's lineup
    Kevin Kiermaier is not in Monday's lineup against the White Sox.

    Advice: Kiermaier was hit in the hand by a pitch on Sunday and needs at least another day to recover. Mikie Mahtook will start in center field while Jaff Decker will play right. Yesterday, 2:22 pm
    5:10 pm @CWS
  • Bregman (hamstring) not ruled out from return
    Astros manager A.J. Hinch hasn't ruled out Alex Bregman (hamstring) from returning this week.

    Advice: It was previously thought that Bregman was unlikely to return unless the Astros made a deep run into the playoffs, but he was able to make it through a full workout on Monday. If anything, he could get some peace of mind going into the winter. The outstanding rookie has been out since September 14 with a hamstring strain. Yesterday, 2:16 pm
    5:10 pm vs Sea
  • Carpenter, Diaz out of Cards' lineup Monday
    Matt Carpenter is not in Monday's lineup against the Reds.

    Advice: The Cardinals are fighting to keep pace in the Wild Card race, but Carpenter will take a seat Monday. Aledmys Diaz is also out of the lineup for the second straight day. Greg Garcia will start at second base and bat leadoff while Jedd Gyorko will play shortstop and hit seventh. Tim Adleman will start for the Reds. Yesterday, 1:57 pm
    5:15 pm vs Cin
  • Bregman (hamstring) does baseball activity
    Alex Bregman (hamstring) did some baseball activities on the field Monday. did some running on the field today and took some ground balls and hit

    Advice: Bregman, out since September 14 with a right hamstring strain, did some running on the field in addition to taking grounders and hitting. He said things went well, but odds are we've seen the last of him this season, even if the Astros were to make a remarkable run this week and snag one of the Wild Card spots. Yesterday, 1:50 pm
    5:10 pm vs Sea
  • Castellanos (hand) could return this weekend
    Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Monday that Nick Castellanos (hand) could return by the weekend.

    Advice: Castellanos has been sidelined since August 6 with a fractured hand, but he was slated to play in an instructional league game on Monday. Barring any setbacks, he appears to be the verge of a return. The 24-year-old was batting .286 with 18 homers and an .831 OPS in 105 games prior to the injury. Yesterday, 1:38 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Cle
  • Marte (back) remains out of Pirates' lineup
    Starling Marte (back) remains out of the Pirates' lineup Monday versus the Cubs.

    Advice: Marte hasn't played since Thursday due to nagging back spasms. He's iffy for the final week, so fantasy owners should have a backup plan at the ready. Adam Frazier will make the start in left field and bat seventh against Kyle Hendricks. Yesterday, 1:30 pm
    4:05 pm vs ChC
  • Yulieski Gurriel not in Monday's lineup
    Yulieski Gurriel is not in Monday's lineup versus the Mariners.

    Advice: Gurriel has just three hits in his last 31 at-bats, so he'll get a breather for the series opener. Marwin Gonzalez will make the start at third base and hit second versus right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma. Yesterday, 1:16 pm
  • Rasmus dealing with hip, groin problem
    Colby Rasmus is dealing with a hip/groin issue.

    Advice: He also has vertigo-like symptoms related to a cyst in his right ear that was surgically removed last month. Rasmus has been sidelined since September 18 and might not play in another game this season for Houston. He's currently exploring treatment options. Yesterday, 12:42 pm
    5:10 pm vs Sea
  • Daniel Murphy (glute) still shut down Monday
    Daniel Murphy (glute) remains shut down Monday.

    Advice: Murphy has missed seven straight starts due to a strained left glute and it sounds like he won't be very active in this final week. But the star second baseman should be ready for the beginning of the NLDS. He has a .347/.391/.596 batting line, 25 homers, and 104 RBI in 141 games this season for the NL East-champion Nationals. Yesterday, 12:22 pm
    4:05 pm vs Ari
  • Fowler, Zobrist out of Cubs' lineup on Monday
    Dexter Fowler is out of the Cubs' starting lineup on Monday night against the Pirates.

    Advice: Ben Zobrist will also take a seat for the National League Central-champion Cubs. Albert Almora is starting in center field and batting seventh, with Javier Baez covering second base and hitting eighth. Chris Coghlan is at leadoff versus Bucs right-hander Chad Kuhl. Yesterday, 11:49 am
  • Asdrubal Cabrera hits grand slam in 17-0 rout
    Asdrubal Cabrera finished 2-for-5 with four RBI in the Mets' 17-0 rout of the Phillies on Sunday.

    Advice: That's not a football score. Jose Reyes also drove in four runs for the Mets in the afternoon outburst at Citi Field, and Curtis Granderson slugged his 30th home run of the season. Cabrera singled in the sixth inning and popped a grand slam off Frank Herrmann in the seventh. The veteran shortstop has been a steadying force for the Mets all season, now with a .281/.336/.482 batting line and 23 homers in 135 games. Sunday, 1:59 pm
  • Starling Marte (back) out again on Sunday
    Starling Marte (back) remained out of the Pirates' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Marte is a question mark for the rest of the season with nagging back spasms. Gregory Polanco is also on the bench Sunday, but he's just getting a breather. The Pirates have Sean Rodriguez and Josh Bell at the outfield corners. Sunday, 10:14 am
    4:05 pm vs ChC
  • Trout goes 2-for-3 with two RBI, three runs
    Mike Trout went 2-for-3 with two RBI and scored three times in a win over the Astros on Saturday.

    Advice: He also walked twice. He only made one out and was on the bases the whole game. The Angels trailed all night until breaking out for four runs in the eighth and five runs in the ninth. Trout had run-scoring hits in both of those frames. The superstar is batting .318/.440/.557 with 28 bombs, 97 RBI and leads the majors with 120 runs scored. Tack on 27 stolen bases to complete the package. Saturday, 8:08 pm
  • Colby Rasmus (ear, vertigo) still sidelined
    Colby Rasmus (ear, vertigo) remains unavailable.

    Advice: Rasmus had a cyst removed from his ear last month, which has led to dizziness and other vertigo-like symptoms. He's had a miserable second half, hitting .095 with 30 strikeouts in 95 at-bats. Jake Marisnick, Tony Kemp and Marwin Gonzalez have all seen time in left field during his absence. Saturday, 3:57 pm
    5:10 pm vs Sea
  • Asdrubal Cabrera back in Mets lineup Saturday
    Asdrubal Cabrera (quadriceps) returned to the Mets starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Cabrera was forced to make an early exit on Friday due to soreness in his right quad, it isn't enough to keep him out of Saturday's lineup though. He'll bat second against Alec Asher and the Phillies on Saturday. Saturday, 12:43 pm
  • Castellanos to play in simulated game Monday
    Nick Castellanos (hand) is scheduled to play in an instructional league game in Florida on Monday.

    Advice: It has been a slow recovery process for the Tigers' third baseman who has been on the shelf since August 6 with a fractured hand. He's still hoping to return to the club before the end of the regular season. Saturday, 7:46 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Cle
  • Soler (side) returns to Cubs lineup Saturday
    Jorge Soler returned to the Cubs starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Soler has been held out of the lineup since experiencing tightness in his side last Friday. He's getting the start in left field and will bat seventh against Alex Reyes and the Cardinals on Saturday. Saturday, 7:14 am
    4:05 pm @Pit
  • Soler (side) strikes out in pinch hiting role
    Jorge Soler (side) struck out as a pinch hitter in Friday afternoon's victory over the Cardinals.

    Advice: He was forced to leave last Friday's game due to tightness in his side and hasn't appeared in the starting lineup since. He's expected to return at some point this weekend. Saturday, 5:46 am
    4:05 pm @Pit
  • Asdrubal Cabrera leaves with sore quadriceps
    Asdrubal Cabrera was forced to leave Friday's game against the Phillies with a sore right quadriceps.

    Advice: Cabrera is sore from fouling a ball off of his leg, but he was able to avoid any significant injury which is a big sigh of relief for the Mets. He could sit out on Saturday as a precautionary measure, but isn't expected to be sidelined for long. Friday, 9:09 pm
  • MRI reveals strained glute for Daniel Murphy
    Daniel Murphy has been diagnosed with a strained left glute following an MRI.

    Advice: Nationals manager Dusty Baker said that the ailment doesn't affect Murphy when he hits, but it's an issue when he runs. The club says there's no timetable for his return, although they've ruled him out through at least the weekend. That means he'll miss, at minimum, seven straight starts. Friday, 2:09 pm
    4:05 pm vs Ari
  • Colby Rasmus (ear) out again Friday
    Colby Rasmus (ear) remained out of the Astros' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Rasmus has been experiencing vertigo-like symptoms again and has been unavailable for a few days. Tony Kemp is in left field Friday. Friday, 1:31 pm
    5:10 pm vs Sea
  • Starling Marte (back) not in Friday's lineup
    Starling Marte (back) is not in the Pirates' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Marte finally returned to action Thursday but had to make an early exit due to more back issues. His status for the remainder of the season is up in the air. Gregory Polanco has shifted over to left field and Josh Bell is starting in right Friday. Friday, 1:12 pm
    4:05 pm vs ChC
  • Daniel Murphy (leg) out again on Friday
    Daniel Murphy (leg) remained out of the Nationals' lineup Friday.

    Advice: He's now missed five straight starts with a sore left leg. Stephen Drew is handling second base in Murphy's place. Friday, 12:12 pm
    4:05 pm vs Ari
  • Bregman (hamstring) ran on treadmill Thursday
    Alex Bregman (hamstring) did some running on a treadmill Thursday.

    Advice: It was at a very low intensity, but it was the first time he's done any running since suffering a right hamstring strain on September 14. Bregman said Thursday that he's "hoping to come back sooner rather than later and trying to do anything I can to help contribute," but the reality is that the Astros would probably have to make a deep playoff run for him to have a chance to return. Friday, 7:24 am
    5:10 pm vs Sea
  • Cabrera plays walk-off hero in 11-inning win
    Asdrubal Cabrera was the hero in Thursday's marathon, 11-inning win over the Phillies, hitting a three-run, walk-off homer in the 9-8 victory.

    Advice: Cabrera had three hits in the game, none bigger than the blast to right field in the 11th with two runners on to save the day -- and perhaps the Mets' season. He knew it, too, delivering an all-time bat flip toward an ecstatic Mets dugout before rounding the bases and being mobbed at home plate. It's been a magical season for the 30-year-old, who has 22 home runs in his first year with the Metropolitans. Cabrera is batting .281/.335/.480 through 132 games overall. Thursday, 9:57 pm
  • Starling Marte leaves with back tightness
    Starling Marte was forced to leave Thursday's game against the Brewers due to back tightness.

    Advice: It's the same issue that had sidelined him since September 5 prior to rejoining the lineup on Thursday. It's unclear how much time this may cause him to miss, but it would be very surprising to see him in the lineup on Friday. Thursday, 7:24 pm
    4:05 pm vs ChC
  • Starling Marte (back) back in Pirates' lineup
    Starling Marte (back) is back in the Pirates' lineup Thursday.

    Advice: Marte pinch-hit in Wednesday's game, but this will be his first start since September 5, as he's been dealing with nagging back spasms. He's in left field and batting second against Chase Anderson and the Brewers. Thursday, 2:26 pm
    4:05 pm vs ChC
  • Marte (back) strikes out as pinch-hitter
    Starling Marte (back) struck out as a pinch-hitter on Wednesday against the Brewers.

    Advice: It was the first plate appearance for Marte since September 5, more than two weeks ago. He could be nearing a return to the starting lineup as the Pirates prepare one last push for a National League Wild Card spot. Marte has hit .310/.361/.456 with nine home runs and 47 stolen bases in 127 games this season. Thursday, 6:10 am
    4:05 pm vs ChC
  • Fowler hits solo homer, scores three times
    Dexter Fowler hit a solo home run and scored three times in a win over the Reds on Wednesday.

    Advice: He registered two of his team's 15 hits on the night. The lead-off batter's home run was his 13th of the season to go with his .274 batting average, 46 RBI and 79 runs scored. He has stolen 10 bases in 14 attempts. Wednesday, 9:36 pm
  • Mike Trout hits three-run homer in win
    Mike Trout hit a three-run homer off Derek Holland and walked Wednesday as the Angels edged the Rangers 5-4.

    Advice: Who said Trout isn't making a difference in meaningful games in September? He's hit .306 with three homers, 11 RBI and 14 walks in 19 games this month. All but two of those games have come against teams in the mix for a spot in the postseason. Wednesday, 9:30 pm
  • Cabrera swats two-run bomb vs Braves
    Asdrubal Cabrera went 1-for-5 and swatted a two-run bomb versus the Braves on Wednesday.

    Advice: After Jose Reyes walked and stole second base in the first inning, Cabrera jolted one over the right field fence for his 21st homer of the season. He has a .278 batting average to go with 52 RBI and 61 runs scored. He had a pedestrian first half of the season but has really turned it on since the All Star break. Wednesday, 8:33 pm
  • Murphy's leg is 'not responding to treatment'
    Nationals manager Dusty Baker said Wednesday that Daniel Murphy (leg) is not responding to treatment.

    Advice: Murphy is missing a fourth straight start Wednesday due to lingering soreness in his left leg, with Stephen Drew filling in at second. Baker is hopeful Murphy will be ready to go Friday after Thursday's scheduled team off day, but it's no sure thing. "He hasn’t been responding to treatment," Baker told reporters. "With a day off tomorrow, we’ll work on it. We’ll work on it and see." Wednesday, 4:34 pm
    4:05 pm vs Ari
  • Starling Marte (back) not in lineup vs. MIL
    Starling Marte (back) is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Brewers.

    Advice: Marte last played on September 5. A balky back has sidelined him over the last two weeks. With the All-Star outfielder out of the lineup once more on Wednesday, Adam Frazier will man left field in his place while batting leadoff. Wednesday, 1:59 pm
    4:05 pm vs ChC
  • Daniel Murphy (leg) sitting again Wednesday
    Daniel Murphy (leg) is out of the Nationals' starting lineup again on Wednesday night.

    Advice: Murphy is missing a fourth straight game due to left leg soreness. He remains day-to-day. Stephen Drew will get another start at second base and bat sixth against Marlins right-hander Tom Koehler. Wednesday, 12:40 pm
    4:05 pm vs Ari
  • Colby Rasmus (ear) again doesn't feel right
    Colby Rasmus (ear, vertigo) was unavailable Tuesday and remains unavailable on Wednesday.

    Advice: Rasmus returned August 30 after missing four weeks following surgery to remove a cyst from his right ear. That cyst was causing him vertigo-like symptoms and dizziness, and he told reporters Wednesday that he again doesn't feel right. It's a scary situation for the 30-year-old impending free agent. Wednesday, 10:45 am
    5:10 pm vs Sea
  • Matt Carpenter back in Cards lineup Wed.
    Matt Carpenter is back in the Cardinals' starting lineup Wednesday afternoon in Colorado.

    Advice: Carpenter was given the night off Tuesday to nurse a couple different minor injuries, and because the Rockies were throwing left-hander Jorge De La Rosa. The lefty-swinging Carpenter is starting at first base and batting leadoff Wednesday versus Rockies right-hander German Marquez. Wednesday, 9:26 am
    5:15 pm vs Cin
  • Gomez' three hits, two runs spark Rangers
    Carlos Gomez went 3-for-5 with a double and two runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Angels.

    Advice: Gomez once again served as a sparkplug atop the Rangers' lineup, leading off the first and third innings with hits and scoring the team's first two runs of the game. He's now got multiple hits in four straight contests to bring his average up to .276 since joining the Rangers in late August. His revival in Arlington will make the 30-year-old one of the more fascinating players to watch come draft season next spring. Tuesday, 9:21 pm
  • Fowler steals base, scores twice versus Reds
    Dexter Fowler went 2-for-3 with an RBI single, a stolen base and two runs scored Tuesday against the Reds.

    Advice: Fowler had a pair of singles, including his run-scoring single in the fourth inning that kicked off a four-run frame, and the stolen base was his 10th of the season. It's now the fourth time in his last five seasons that the 30-year-old has posted a double-double. Fowler also has 12 homers, 45 RBI and 76 runs scored to go with those 10 steals and his .272/.386/.438 line. Tuesday, 8:39 pm
  • Asdrubal Cabrera goes 3-for-3 in loss
    Asdrubal Cabrera went 3-for-3 with an RBI double and a run scored in Tuesday's loss to the Braves.

    Advice: He also added a stolen base. The Mets managed just eight hits on the night, as Cabrera was the only one with more than one. He's been on quite a roll since returning from the disabled list late last month, batting .365 with seven homers and 17 RBI over 30 games. Tuesday, 8:24 pm
  • Baker expects Murphy (leg) to return Wed.
    Nationals manager Dusty Baker said he expects Daniel Murphy (leg) to return Wednesday.

    Advice: Murphy is out a third straight game Tuesday night against the Marlins due to left leg soreness, with Stephen Drew filling in at second base, but this is not a serious injury. Washington holds an eight-game lead over the Mets in the National League East with 12 games to play. Tuesday, 4:36 pm
    4:05 pm vs Ari
  • Castellanos still has discomfort in left hand
    Nick Castellanos felt lingering discomfort in his fractured left hand while facing live pitching Monday at the Tigers' spring training complex in Florida.

    Advice: It's not a significant setback, but the young third baseman is running out of time with the Tigers facing elimination from postseason contention. Castellanos will scale back to regular batting practice for the time being. He's been sidelined since August 6 because of the fractured hand. Tuesday, 3:02 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Cle
  • Marte (back) going through full workout Tues.
    Starling Marte (back) will go through a full pregame workout on Tuesday in Milwaukee.

    Advice: "He’s going to have a full day of activity today and we’ll see where that takes us," manager Clint Hurdle told reporters on Tuesday evening. Marte hasn't appeared in a game since September 5 due to back problems. Adam Frazier is starting in left field and batting leadoff on Tuesday night against the Brewers. Tuesday, 2:54 pm
    4:05 pm vs ChC
  • Matt Carpenter gets night off Tuesday in COL
    Matt Carpenter is out of the Cardinals' starting lineup Tuesday night in Colorado.

    Advice: Matt Adams is at first base, Kolten Wong is at second base, and Jhonny Peralta is at third base versus the Rockies and left-hander Jorge De La Rosa. This looks to be a routine night off for Carpenter, who battled a back injury earlier this month. Tuesday, 2:22 pm
    5:15 pm vs Cin
  • Murphy, Werth, Zimmerman sitting Tuesday
    Daniel Murphy (leg) is out of the starting lineup again Tuesday against the Marlins.

    Advice: Murphy has now been held out of the starting lineup for three straight days due to what he has described as left leg soreness. He was able to pinch-hit on Monday, so it doesn't appear to be overly serious. Jayson Werth and Ryan Zimmerman will also get the day off on Tuesday while Brian Goodwin will play left and Clint Robinson will start at first. Tuesday, 12:36 pm
    4:05 pm vs Ari
  • Murphy (leg) flies out as pinch hitter
    Daniel Murphy (leg) flew out as a pinch-hitter to end Monday's game against the Marlins.

    Advice: Murphy has been held out of the starting lineup on back-to-back days due to what he's calling left leg soreness. It's unclear if he'll be ready to return on Tuesday. Tuesday, 5:52 am
    4:05 pm vs Ari
  • Morneau (neck) has two hits in return
    Justin Morneau (neck) went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored in his return to the starting lineup Monday against the Royals.

    Advice: Morneau had been held out of game action since September 12 due to a neck issue. The 35-year-old has batted .261/.299/.438 over 49 games this season and is reportedly leaning toward playing another season. Tuesday, 5:37 am
  • Bregman (hamstring) likely done for season
    Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said Monday that Alex Bregman's hamstring injury usually requires 4-6 weeks of recovery time.

    Advice: Bregman just suffered the injury last Wednesday, so it's safe to say that we won't see him again during the regular season. Luhnow indicated that his timetable could potentially be pushed up, so there's a chance he could be in the mix if the Astros sneak into a Wild Card spot and make a push in the playoffs. But obviously that's asking a lot on all fronts. Monday, 6:11 pm
    5:10 pm vs Sea
  • Bregman (hamstring) remains sidelined
    Alex Bregman (hamstring) remains sidelined.

    Advice: Bregman strained his right hamstring last Wednesday and didn't travel with the Astros during their six-game roadtrip. Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Friday that it's the sort of injury that would normally require a stint on the 15-day disabled list, but there's no need to put him on there in September. Either way, he appears unlikely to play again this season. Monday, 3:39 pm
    5:10 pm vs Sea
  • Soler (side) could come off bench Wed.
    Jorge Soler (side) could be available off the bench as soon as Wednesday.

    Advice: Soler exited Friday's game with tightness in his right side, but fortunately an MRI came back clean. He could be ready to return to the starting lineup as soon as this weekend. Monday, 2:37 pm
    4:05 pm @Pit
  • Daniel Murphy says he has left leg soreness
    Daniel Murphy described his current injury as left leg soreness.

    Advice: Murphy is still dealing with the effects of a slide into second base on Saturday. Nationals manager Dusty Baker initially called it "buttocks" pain, but either way he's sitting out his second straight game and won't take batting practice Monday. Consider the star second baseman day-to-day for now. Monday, 1:24 pm
    4:05 pm vs Ari
  • Daniel Murphy (buttocks) remains out Mon.
    Daniel Murphy (buttocks) is out of the Nationals' starting lineup on Monday versus the Marlins.

    Advice: Murphy also missed Sunday's series finale against the Braves after injuring his backside on a slide into second base Saturday. He's considered day-to-day. Wilmer Difo will start at second base and bat eighth Monday against Marlins left-hander Wei-Yin Chen. Monday, 12:26 pm
    4:05 pm vs Ari
  • Bucs GM: Marte (back) had 'another tough day'
    Pirates general manager Neal Huntington suggested Sunday that there is no longer a timetable for Starling Marte's (back) return to the starting lineup.

    Advice: Marte has been on the shelf since September 5 due to back problems and apparently suffered a setback over the weekend. "We felt like we were getting really close to getting him able to go compete again, and then another tough day," Huntington said. "Now we need to take a deep breath and re-evaluate. The last thing we want to do is put somebody back out there when they’re not ready to compete and they could do some damage, or worse damage." It's been a frustrating stretch for Marte owners, to say the least. He's sitting on a .311/.362/.457 batting line and 47 stolen bases. Adam Frazier and Matt Joyce have been playing left field. Monday, 7:59 am
    4:05 pm vs ChC
  • J.D. Martinez hits three-run homer in win
    J.D. Martinez went 3-for-5 with a three-run homer and a double Sunday as the Tigers beat the Indians 9-5.

    Advice: Martinez's homer off Roman Colon in the top of the ninth put the game away. Martinez has 21 homers and 32 doubles in just 108 games this season. If he weren't hitting behind slow-footed Victor Martinez, he'd have more than 62 RBI. Sep 18, 2:00 pm
  • Jorge Soler's (oblique) MRI comes back clean
    An MRI on Jorge Soler's injured right side came back negative.

    Advice: Soler tweaked his side on Friday but apparently has avoided the dreaded oblique strain. The Cubs are considering him day-to-day, but with little for them to play for at this point, expect Soler to rest for a while. Sep 18, 9:34 am
    4:05 pm @Pit
  • Starling Marte (back) remains out of lineup
    Starling Marte (back) remained out of the Pirates' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: The Pirates had been hoping to get Marte back during Saturday's doubleheader, but as it turns out he'll sit out all weekend. He hasn't played since September 5 due to back spasms. Adam Frazier is in left field. The Pirates also have Sean Rodriguez at shortstop Sunday, with Jordy Mercer getting some rest. Sep 18, 8:40 am
    4:05 pm vs ChC
  • Travis goes 3-for-5 with a double
    Devon Travis went 3-for-5 with a double during Saturday's loss to the Angels.

    Advice: The Blue Jays managed 10 base hits but could only plate one run. Travis' double was the only extra-base hit of the bunch. He is batting .309/.335/.466 with 10 homers, 48 RBI and 49 runs scored in 89 games. He is just 25 years old and could take another step forward next year and beyond. Sep 17, 10:24 pm
    4:07 pm vs Bal
  • Wendle hits first career homer in A's rout
    Joe Wendle went 2-for-4 with his first major league home run, two RBI and two runs scored in Saturday's 11-2 beatdown of the Rangers.

    Advice: Wendle wasted no time getting on the board, leading off the game with a solo shot off Rangers starter Yu Darvish. Acquired from the Indians for Brandon Moss back in 2014, Wendle has made a strong impression through his first 15 games with the A's. The 26-year-old is batting .333/.345/.392 with nine RBI, eight runs scored and a pair of steals in those 15 games. Sep 17, 9:32 pm
  • Gomez homers in second straight against A's
    Carlos Gomez went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run, his second homer in as many days, in Saturday's loss to the Athletics.

    Advice: Gomez batted leadoff and connected with a Raul Alcantara pitch in the sixth inning for his 11th homer of the season. Six of those have come since Gomez joined the Rangers in late August. He's still hitting just .215/.286/.361 on the year, but perhaps the change of scenery had a positive effect on the 30-year-old. Sep 17, 9:28 pm
  • Segura goes 2-for-4 with a home run
    Jean Segura went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in a loss to the Dodgers on Saturday.

    Advice: He led off the bottom of the first inning with his 17th home run of the season. After being one of the worst hitters in baseball the last two seasons in Milwaukee he has really turned things around in his first year as a Diamondback. He is batting .316 with 56 RBI, 90 runs scored and 30 stolen bases. Sep 17, 8:53 pm
  • Justin Morneau (neck) nearing a return
    Justin Morneau (neck) is hoping to return by the end of the team's current nine-game road trip.

    Advice: The road trip ends a week from Sunday. Morneau has missed the last five games with a self-described "old man neck." Despite battling injuries all season, the 35-year-old said he's "leaning" toward playing another year. Morneau's contract is up at the end of 2016. Sep 17, 5:51 pm
  • Adam Duvall getting the night off Saturday
    Adam Duvall is not in the Reds' lineup for the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Pirates.

    Advice: He's getting a break after going 1-for-4 with a three-run homer in the early game. Steve Selsky will take over in left field and bat sixth against Bucs starter Trevor Williams. Sep 17, 2:38 pm
  • Asdrubal Cabrera returns to lineup Saturday
    Asdrubal Cabrera (leg) returned to the Mets starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: He was forced to leave Friday's game in the eighth inning due to leg cramps, but it appears to have been only a minor issue. He'll bat second against Ervin Santana and the Twins on Saturday. Sep 17, 12:58 pm
  • Nick Castellanos getting at-bats in Florida
    Nick Castellanos (hand) will begin taking live batting practice at the Tigers' spring training facility in Florida.

    Advice: If all goes well after a couple of days, he'll begin playing in simulated games. Castellanos is still on track for a return in late-September, but could be shut down completely if the Tigers fall out of the playoff race before then. Sep 17, 10:25 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Cle
  • Asdrubal Cabrera leaves game with leg cramps
    Asdrubal Cabrera was forced to leave Friday's game against the Twins due to leg cramps.

    Advice: The Mets are calling his early exit precautionary, so he should return to the starting lineup on Saturday. He also clubbed his 20th homer of the season before departing Friday's contest. Sep 16, 9:09 pm
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