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  • Pujols slaps RBI single in sixth vs Tigers
    Albert Pujols went 1-for-3 with an RBI single in Thursday's win over the Tigers.

    Advice: Pujols picked up his lone hit and RBI in the sixth inning, when he singled home Kole Calhoun. While he's scuffled considerably over the last month, he's still hitting .252/.311/.501 with 34 homers and 75 RBI this season. The 34 homers are the most he's hit since 2011, when he played for the Cardinals and launched 37 dingers. Today, 1:13 pm
  • Cabrera whiffs twice in loss to Angels
    Miguel Cabrera went 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts in Thursday's loss to the Angels.

    Advice: Cabrera was shut down by Angels starter Matt Shoemaker. The 0-for-3 snapped his 11-game hitting streak. The slugger missed a month-and-a-half with a calf injury, but when healthy, he's been the same ol' terrifying hitter we're accustomed to seeing. He's slashing .367/.469/.606 with 17 bombs and 65 RBI over 327 at-bats. Today, 1:01 pm
    L, 2-0 vs ^ LAA
  • Johnson earns 10th save with perfect ninth
    Jim Johnson pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn his 10th save of the season in Thursday's 1-0 win over the Reds.

    Advice: With Kenley Jansen unavailable for the day, the Dodgers trotted Johnson out for the ninth as they clung to a 1-0 lead. Johnson refused to wilt under pressure and retired Eugenio Suarez, Jay Bruce and Jason Bourgeois in order to secure the tight save. Since being acquired by the Dodgers, the veteran relief arm has allowed 15 runs in 7 2/3 innings. Eight of those runs came in a single appearance, as the Pirates rocked him in 2/3 of an inning on August 9. Today, 12:53 pm
  • Loney drops appeal of one-game suspension
    James Loney has dropped the appeal of his one-game suspension and will serve it Thursday night.

    Advice: Loney was issued the punishment for making contact with home plate umpire Paul Nauert on Saturday after a called third strike. He probably wouldn't have been in the lineup anyway Thursday versus Twins lefty Tom Milone. Today, 12:49 pm
  • Votto walks twice in low-scoring affair
    Joey Votto went 0-for-2 with a pair of walks in Thursday afternoon's loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Votto walked twice and also managed to avoid becoming one of Zack Greinke's nine strikeout victims on the afternoon. After an injury-plagued 2014 campaign, the veteran slugger has rebounded with a .305/.447/.545 batting line to pair with 24 home runs, 62 RBI and seven steals in 2015. Today, 12:46 pm
    L, 1-0 vs ^ LAD
  • Dodgers cut ties with INF Alberto Callaspo
    Dodgers released INF Alberto Callaspo.

    Advice: Callaspo was designated for assignment by the Dodgers on August 19 to open up a roster spot for Chase Utley. Callaspo, 32, is batting just .235/.315/.278 in 97 games this year between Los Angeles and Atlanta. Today, 11:15 am
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    W, 1-0 x @Cin
  • 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. Today, 11:13 am
  • 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. Today, 10:54 am
    15-Day DL
    Top 6, 5-1 vs x ChC
  • Brandon Crawford (oblique) out again Thurs.
    Brandon Crawford (oblique) is out of the Giants' starting lineup again on Thursday.

    Advice: Crawford could need a couple more days to rest his tight left oblique. Ehire Adrianza is starting at shortstop and batting eighth on Thursday afternoon against the Cubs. Today, 10:51 am
  • Rob Refsnyder to rejoin Yankees in Sept.
    Rob Refsnyder will rejoin the Yankees in early September.

    Advice: He'll be one of several September callups for New York. Refsnyder went 2-for-12 (.167) in a short stay with the Yankees earlier this season. He does have a nice skillset, but the 24-year-old probably won't hold fantasy value in a utility role over the final four weeks. Today, 10:49 am
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  • 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. Today, 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. Today, 8:06 am
    W, 2-0 ^ @Det
  • Berrios fans 12 over seven scoreless at AAA
    Twins prospect Jose Berrios struck out 12 batters over seven scoreless innings Wednesday for Triple-A Rochester.

    Advice: Twins general manager Terry Ryan was in attendance for the 21-year-old right-hander's terrific performance against the Triple-A affiliate of the Nationals. Berrios appears on the verge of a promotion to the major league rotation and would take on immediate fantasy relevance for the stretch run. The 21-year-old right-hander owns a 2.78 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, and 73/13 K/BB ratio in 64 2/3 innings (10 starts) this season at Triple-A. Today, 7:09 am
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  • Russell (groin) goes 0-for-3 with strikeout
    Addison Russell (groin) went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in his return to the Cubs' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Russell missed a couple of games with tightness in his groin. It obviously wasn't anything major. The 21-year-old didn't show much at the plate in his return Wednesday, but he made some slick plays at shortstop. Today, 5:41 am
  • Goldschmidt smacks solo homer in loss
    Paul Goldschmidt went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two strikeouts in Wednesday's loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: Goldschmidt jumped the Diamondbacks out to a 1-0 lead with a solo home run off John Lackey in the first inning, but the team wouldn't score again in the game. The bomb was Goldy's 25th of the season and pushed his RBI total to 94. Pair those counting stats with a .331/.446/.571 triple-slash and you have yourself a legitimate MVP candidate. Oh, and he's also stolen a career-high 20 bases. Not too shabby. Yesterday, 9:38 pm
  • Cabrera stays hot, homers as Tigers roll
    Miguel Cabrera walked and hit a two-run home run in four trips to the plate as the Tigers rolled to a win over the Angels on Wednesday.

    Advice: Cabrera made it a 3-0 game in the bottom of the fifth when he sent a Hector Santiago offering over the fence in left-center for a two-run homer. He's hit safely in 11 straight games following a hitless return from the disabled list. His .370/.473/.611 triple-slash line has somehow flown under the radar. Cabrera has also hit 17 home runs while knocking in 65 runs. Yesterday, 7:15 pm
    L, 2-0 vs ^ LAA
  • 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. Yesterday, 6:01 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. Yesterday, 5:19 pm
    15-Day DL
    Top 6, 5-1 vs x ChC
  • Crawford (oblique) hoping to return shortly
    Brandon Crawford (oblique) said he hopes to be back in the lineup in a couple days.

    Advice: Crawford sat out Wednesday after leaving Tuesday's game early with what he called mild left oblique tightness. It seems likely at this point that Crawford will avoid a disabled list trip. Yesterday, 4:48 pm
  • Crawford (oblique) not in Giants lineup Wed.
    Brandon Crawford (oblique) is not in the Giants' lineup Wednesday against the Cubs.

    Advice: Crawford left Tuesday's game with tightness in his left side and lower back, but the Giants remained hopeful it wasn't a debilitating injury. It remains to be seen how long the shortstop might be sidelined. Ehire Adrianza got the start at shortstop in Crawford's absence Wednesday. Yesterday, 3:21 pm
  • 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. Yesterday, 12:53 pm
    W, 2-0 ^ @Det
  • Crawford leaves with tight side/lower back
    Brandon Crawford left Tuesday's game versus the Cubs with tightness in his left side and lower back.

    Advice: The automatic fear is that Crawford might have done something to his oblique, but Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News says that the injury "wasn’t believed to be disabling." Giants manager Bruce Bochy said that he hopes Crawford can play Wednesday, but you'd have to think there's a good chance he'll have to miss at least a game or two. Yesterday, 5:40 am
  • 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
    W, 2-0 ^ @Det
  • Loney has three hits, three RBI against Twins
    James Loney went 3-for-5 with two doubles, three RBI and a run scored in Tuesday's loss to the Twins.

    Advice: Loney broke out of a 3-for-23 slide with the three-hit game. He had an RBI single in the second inning before smacking a two-run double in the third. Loney is hitting .267/.309/.361 through 72 games. Tuesday, 8:29 pm
  • Cabrera has 3 hits, 3 RBI in loss to Angels
    Miguel Cabrera went 3-for-5 with a double and three RBI but the Tigers fell short to the Angels on Tuesday.

    Advice: Cabrera brought in three runs with a double and later scored in the third inning, helping erase a four-run deficit. The Tigers' pitching wasn't able to take advantage, however. Cabrera is white hot right now as he's on a 10-game hitting streak of which nine are of the multi-hit variety. He has an incredible .371/.473/.604 triple-slash line with 16 home runs and 63 RBI despite losing over a month to injury. Tuesday, 8:22 pm
    L, 2-0 vs ^ LAA
  • Pujols homers as Angels edge the Tigers
    Albert Pujols hit a three-run home run, helping the Angels escape with a win against the Tigers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Pujols gave the Angels an early 3-0 cushion, drilling a three-run home run to left field off of Alfredo Simon. He finished 1-for-4 with a walk on the evening. Aside from a handful of home runs, the veteran has had a tough time at the plate, batting only .200 (8-for-40) since August 13. On the season, Pujols is hitting .253/.311/.505 with 34 home runs and 74 RBI. Tuesday, 8:17 pm
  • 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
    W, 2-0 ^ @Det
  • 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
    W, 2-0 ^ @Det
  • James Loney gets one-game suspension
    MLB has suspended James Loney one game and fined him an undisclosed amount for his action's during Saturday's game.

    Advice: Loney made contact with home plate umpire Paul Nauert on Saturday after being ejected following a called-third strike. He has appealed the suspension. Tuesday, 11:41 am
  • Votto walks three times, homers as Reds roll
    Joey Votto went 1-for-2 with a two-run home run and three walks in Monday's win against the Tigers.

    Advice: Votto walked twice and scored twice in the Reds' 10-run sixth inning. He'd tack on a two-run home run in the eighth inning against Guido Knudson. The effort wasn't quite enough to get Votto's OPS back over 1.000, as he's hitting .309/.446/.553 with 24 home runs and 62 RBI. His major league-leading walk total extended to 103 on the evening as well. Monday, 7:51 pm
    L, 1-0 vs ^ LAD
  • Addison Russell day-to-day with tight groin
    Addison Russell is day-to-day with a tight groin.

    Advice: The young shortstop is out of the Cubs' starting lineup on Monday, but this doesn't sound like something that will put him on the disabled list. Russell's fiance is in labor, so he probably would have been taking the day off anyway. Starlin Castro is getting the start Monday afternoon versus Cleveland. Monday, 8:58 am
  • Addison Russell leaves game with tight groin
    Addison Russell was forced to leave Sunday's game against the Braves due to tightness in his groin.

    Advice: It sounds as though the injury is minor and that Russell should be able to return to the lineup in a day or two. Starlin Castro replaced him on Sunday and would be in line for additional playing time if Russell is forced into any sort of extended absence. Sunday, 2:52 pm
  • Goldschmidt homers twice and drives in four
    Paul Goldschmidt terrorized the Reds in Saturday's 11-7 win, finishing 4-for-5 with a pair of two-run homers, four total RBI, three runs scored and a stolen base.

    Advice: This was Goldschmidt's second four-hit game of the season. He started off the hit parade with a two-run homer against Reds starter Andrew DeSclafani in the first inning to give the Snakes a 3-0 advantage, then smacked another two-run bomb in the seventh inning to push his team's lead to 8-5. He'll be on the short-list for NL MVP when the dust of the season has settled, as he's hitting .331/.444/.568 with 24 home runs, 93 RBI and 20 steals. Saturday, 9:04 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
    W, 2-0 ^ @Det
  • 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
    Top 6, 5-1 vs x ChC
  • Votto homers in loss to Diamondbacks
    Joey Votto went 2-for-3 with a solo homer, a walk, and two runs scored Friday in a losing effort against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Votto has four homers in his last nine games and 23 on the year. The 31-year-old owns a ridiculous .553 on-base percentage in 33 games since the All-Star break. He leads the majors with 95 walks. Friday, 9:33 pm
    L, 1-0 vs ^ LAD
  • Miguel Cabrera doubles three times in loss
    Miguel Cabrera had a nice night at the plate in Friday's loss to the Rangers, going 3-for-4 with three doubles.

    Advice: He has been on an absolute tear since his return from the disabled list, hitting .500 (13-for-26) with a homer, six doubles, five RBI and eight walks. He's now slashing a robust .361/.470/.596 on the year with 16 homers and 59 RBI. Friday, 7:28 pm
    L, 2-0 vs ^ LAA
  • Addison Russell hits eighth homer
    Addison Russell went 2-for-4 and hit his eighth homer Thursday against the Braves.

    Advice: Russell hasn't been able to do a whole lot for fantasy owners while batting ninth for the Cubs, but he's shown impressive pop for a 21-year-old, racking up 31 extra-base hits in 352 at-bats. Unfortunately, it's turned into a mere 32 RBI since he's so often hit behind the pitcher. Thursday, 8:52 pm
  • Miguel Cabrera reaches four times
    Miguel Cabrera went 2-for-2 with two walks and two runs scored against the Rangers on Thursday.

    Advice: Cabrera is 10-for-22 with eight walks in six games since coming off the disabled list. One has to wonder if both David Price and Yoenis Cespedes would still be Tigers right now if he hadn't gone down with the calf injury. Thursday, 7:23 pm
    L, 2-0 vs ^ LAA
  • Pujols back in Thursday's lineup
    Albert Pujols is back in the Angels' lineup Thursday against the White Sox.

    Advice: Pujols got the day off Wednesday, but he's back in the DH spot on Thursday. C.J. Cron will make the start at first base. Thursday, 2:44 pm
  • Miggy Cabrera serving as DH on Thursday
    Miguel Cabrera will serve as the designated hitter Thursday against the Rangers.

    Advice: It's a way to give him a bit of a breather. Victor Martinez will fill in at first base. Thursday, 2:00 pm
    L, 2-0 vs ^ LAA
  • Votto homers, but Reds fall to the Royals
    Joey Votto homered in a 1-for-5 effort in Wednesday's loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Votto hit the first of back-to-back solo home runs against Jeremy Guthrie in the first inning, but it was most of the Reds' offense on the evening. The first baseman continues to mash, holding a .306/.436/.537 triple-slash line with 22 home runs and 59 RBI. Wednesday, 9:33 pm
    L, 1-0 vs ^ LAD
  • Dodgers designate INF Callaspo for assignment
    Dodgers designated INF Alberto Callaspo for assignment.

    Advice: Callaspo was the roster casualty in the Chase Utley deal. The infielder is hitting .235/.315/.278 in 97 games this year and could find a home with a new organization as a reserve. Wednesday, 8:52 pm
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    W, 1-0 x @Cin
  • Pujols not in Angels' lineup Wednesday night
    Albert Pujols is not in the Angels' starting lineup Wednesday night against the White Sox.

    Advice: Pujols slugged his 33rd home run of the season on Tuesday, but he'll take a seat against White Sox right-hander Jeff Samardzija. C.J. Cron is starting at first base and David Murphy will handle DH duties. Wednesday, 2:29 pm
  • Crawford doubles, has RBI in win over Cards
    Brandon Crawford doubled and drove in a run in Tuesday's win over the Cardinals.

    Advice: Crawford had an RBI groundout in the sixth inning, a run that turned out to be the game-winner for the Giants. He finished 1-for-3 with the double, his 28th of the year. Crawford is batting .269/.328/.495 overall. Tuesday, 10:12 pm
  • Pujols homers again, Angels top White Sox
    Albert Pujols slugged his 33rd home run, helping the Angels take down the White Sox on Tuesday.

    Advice: Pujols, who finished 1-for-4, pushed the Angels' lead to 3-0 in the first inning with a solo home run off of John Danks. He's gone deep in three of his last four ballgames. He's tied for third in the majors, along with Mike Trout and Josh Donaldson, having gone deep 33 times. That leaves him three behind leader Nelson Cruz. Pujols has also knocked in 69 runs while batting .253/.311/.509. Tuesday, 9:40 pm
  • Goldschmidt reaches base four times in a loss
    Paul Goldschmidt went 1-for-4 with an RBI single and three walks as the Diamondbacks lost in 15 innings to the Pirates on Tuesday.

    Advice: Goldschmidt opened the scoring with an RBI single in the top of the first inning. The Pirates didn't seem interested in pitching to him, walking him in half of his plate appearances the rest of the night. It's hard to blame them, as Goldschmidt is a candidate for the NL MVP award, batting .333/.449/.567 with 22 home runs, 87 RBI, and 19 stolen bases. Tuesday, 9:27 pm
  • Pujols' 32nd homer helps Halos top White Sox
    Albert Pujols went 1-for-3 with a solo home run as the Angels eked out a win over the White Sox on Monday.

    Advice: Pujols opened the scoring with a solo blast against Carlos Rodon in the second inning. It would prove to be half of the Angels' runs on Monday. The first baseman has fallen to fourth in the league in home runs with 32, but has knocked in 68 runs while batting a productive .253/.312/.505. Monday, 9:42 pm
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