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  • Shelby Miller to make Triple-A start Thursday
    Shelby Miller will make another start at Triple-A Reno on Thursday.

    Advice: Miller has pitched well in his four outings down on the farm since being optioned to Triple-A in mid-July. Diamondbacks chief baseball officer Tony La Russa said on Monday that the 25-year-old right-hander has shown enough that a return to the majors could be coming soon. The situation will be reevaluated after Miller's Thursday outing. He struggled mightily in 14 starts with the big league club earlier this season, sporting a 7.14 ERA in that space. Hopefully his time at Triple-A has allowed him to work out some of the kinks here. Today, 3:24 pm
    Not Active
    6:40 pm vs Atl
  • Twins to skip Santiago (thumb) on Friday
    Hector Santiago (thumb) has been scratched from his scheduled Friday start against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Santiago is dealing with a bruised left thumb. He was shelled by the Royals in his last start, but there has been no word that the thumb injury was the cause for the eight runs he surrendered over 4 2/3 frames. Pat Dean will start in his place on Friday. Today, 2:52 pm
    5:10 pm vs Det
  • Twins' Byung Ho Park will have wrist surgery
    Byung Ho Park will undergo season-ending surgery on his right wrist.

    Advice: Park was diagnosed with tendinitis in his right wrist in mid-August, but according to the Twins, this surgery is actually being performed in an area on the wrist unrelated to the previous injury. He will be going under the knife to repair a subluxation of a tendon in the back of his hand. The procedure will sideline the 30-year-old for the remainder of the 2016 season. He struggled in his first taste of the majors, hitting .191/.275/.409 over 62 games with the Twins prior to being sent down to Triple-A Rochester in July. Today, 2:46 pm
    Not Active
    5:10 pm vs Det
  • Zach Davies goes six strong for 10th win
    Zach Davies limited the Rockies to one run over six innings Sunday for his 10th win of 2016.

    Advice: Davies issued three walks but struck out eight and limited a sometimes-dangerous Colorado offense to five hits. The one run against him came on a Nolan Arenado solo shot in the top of the first inning. Davies, 23, holds a decent 4.06 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, and 108/34 K/BB ratio in 133 innings (23 starts) this season for Milwaukee. Up next is a start at home against the Cardinals. Today, 2:20 pm
    W, 7-1 vs Col
  • Tyler Anderson strikes out 10 batters in loss
    Tyler Anderson struck out 10 batters over five innings but took a loss Wednesday versus the Brewers.

    Advice: Anderson gave up two earned runs on two walks and three hits and then the Colorado bullpen did him one better, surrendering five more runs on two walks and seven hits. Anderson has shown good flashes at times this year. He's sitting on a 4-5 record, 3.69 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and 77/20 K/BB ratio through 83 innings. Today, 2:17 pm
  • Stephen Drew (ear) visits specialist for shot
    Stephen Drew visited an inner-ear specialist Wednesday and received a shot.

    Advice: Drew is experiencing symptoms of vertigo due to a right inner-ear issue. The hope here is that the symptoms will begin to dissipate within two weeks, but there is still no timetable for his return. Today, 1:40 pm
    New Player Note
    Stephen Drew Was - 2B,3B,SS
    15-Day DL
    Bot 1, 0-4 vs Bal
  • Cobb (elbow) to make one more rehab start
    Alex Cobb (elbow) will make one more minor league rehab start on Saturday.

    Advice: And then he should join the Rays' rotation for the final four weeks of the 2016 regular season. Cobb has registered a 7.64 ERA in seven rehab starts and doesn't look like a great fantasy option at the moment, but he could carry sneaky value into 2017 if his health cooperates. The 28-year-old right-hander hasn't appeared in a major league game since 2014 due to complications related to Tommy John surgery. Today, 12:57 pm
    60-Day DL
    Bot 1, 0-2 vs Bos
  • McHugh allows three runs over five in win
    Collin McHugh allowed three earned runs in five innings but earned a win Wednesday versus the Pirates.

    Advice: McHugh gave up a walk and seven hits, including a solo homer to Jordy Mercer in the bottom of the third inning, but he was able to out-duel Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole for his eighth win of the season. McHugh now stands 8-10 with a 5.01 ERA and 1.52 WHIP in 26 starts this year. He'll get the Athletics at home next. Today, 12:45 pm
  • Hanley Ramirez getting day of rest on Wed.
    Hanley Ramirez is getting a day off Wednesday.

    Advice: Travis Shaw will start at first base and Brock Holt will start at third base versus Rays right-hander Matt Andriese. Hanley will be available off the bench. Today, 12:20 pm
  • Cespedes says he does not plan to opt out
    Yoenis Cespedes reiterated Tuesday that he does not plan to exercise his opt-out this winter.

    Advice: We'll believe that when it becomes official. Cespedes is batting .295/.365/.570 with 25 home runs and 64 RBI in 98 games this year -- the first year of a three-year, $75 million deal with the Mets that includes an opt-out clause leading into 2017. His current .936 OPS would be the highest of his career by a pretty wide margin. The 30-year-old outfielder stands to cash in this winter in a weak free agent market and we expect him to do just that. He could still return to the Mets, but with a bigger contract guarantee. Today, 11:39 am
  • Alvarez (shoulder) set for rehab appearance
    Henderson Alvarez (shoulder) will throw an inning in the Arizona League on Saturday.

    Advice: It sounds like the Athletics are now preparing Alvarez to serve as a reliever down the stretch. The right-hander has been out all season because of complications related to last year's shoulder surgery. Today, 11:29 am
    60-Day DL
    W, 5-1 vs Cle
  • Byung Ho Park to have wrist examined
    Byung Ho Park traveled back to the Twin Cities over the weekend to have his right wrist examined.

    Advice: Park was placed on the disabled list at Triple-A Rochester on August 15 after being diagnosed with tendinitis in his right wrist. The worry now is that it could be something worse. Look for an update later this week. Park, signed to a four-year, $12 million contract this winter, batted just .191/.275/.409 over his first 62 games with the Twins before getting demoted to the minors on July 1. Today, 10:44 am
    Not Active
    5:10 pm vs Det
  • Seager (foot) out of Mariners' lineup on Wed.
    Kyle Seager will be held out Wednesday after fouling a ball off his foot on Tuesday night.

    Advice: It doesn't sound like anything serious, but the Mariners have a day game against the Yankees and don't want to risk making the matter worse. Seager went 0-for-3 on Tuesday versus New York but still owns a cool .286/.364/.515 batting line with 24 home runs and 83 RBI in 124 games this season for Seattle. Today, 9:54 am
    L, 5-0 vs NYY
  • Anthony Rizzo getting game off Wednesday
    Anthony Rizzo is getting the day off Wednesday.

    Advice: Kris Bryant will start at first base, Jorge Soler will play left field, and Javier Baez will handle the hot corner in the afternoon finale at San Diego's Petco Park. It's just a routine day of rest for Rizzo. Today, 9:48 am
  • Jacob Barnes (elbow) ready for rehab games
    Jacob Barnes (elbow) has been cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment on Friday.

    Advice: Barnes was placed on the disabled list July 27 with right elbow soreness after posting a decent 3.71 ERA and 18/4 K/BB ratio over 17 innings out of the Milwaukee bullpen. He should return to the Brewers' active roster shortly after rosters expand on September 1. Today, 9:42 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 7-1 vs Col
  • DJ LeMahieu (wrist) sitting again Wednesday
    DJ LeMahieu (wrist) is out of the Rockies' starting lineup Wednesday versus the Brewers.

    Advice: LeMahieu was a late scratch Tuesday due to left wrist inflammation and is apparently still dealing with some discomfort. Daniel Descalso will start at second base and bat sixth on Wednesday afternoon against Zach Davies. Today, 9:26 am
    L, 7-1 @Mil
  • Gurriel (hamstring) remains out Wednesday
    Yulieski Gurriel (hamstring) remains absent from the Astros' lineup on Wednesday.

    Advice: Gurriel has now started just one of four games since joining the active major league roster on Sunday. He left his MLB debut with tightness in his right hamstring and is still apparently experiencing discomfort. This is probably a good time for a reminder that the Cuban slugger is 32 years old. Alex Bregman will start at third base again and bat second Wednesday versus Pirates ace Gerrit Cole. Today, 7:19 am
    W, 5-4 @Pit
  • Blackmon (toe) goes 1-for-5 in return Tues.
    Charlie Blackmon (toe) finished 1-for-5 with a run scored in his return to the Rockies' starting lineup Tuesday night against the Brewers.

    Advice: He struck out in three of his five trips to the plate as the Rockies fell at Milwaukee. Blackmon had missed four straight starts because of a bruised right toe. Today, 5:50 am
  • Maeda surrenders three runs over five IP
    Kenta Maeda turned in a serviceable start in Tuesday's win over the Giants, allowing three runs on six hits over five innings.

    Advice: Maeda struck out four and walked four on the evening. The Giants struck for a pair of runs via RBI singles by Angel Pagan and Buster Posey in the third, then tacked on one more courtesy of a Brandon Belt RBI double in the fifth inning. Through his first 141 2/3 major league innings, the 28-year-old right-hander holds a 3.37 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 142/39 K/BB ratio. A home showdown with the Cubs awaits him next time he takes the mound. Yesterday, 11:34 pm
  • Davis launches three-run homer as A's roll
    Khris Davis went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run and three runs scored in Tuesday's 9-1 win over the Indians.

    Advice: Davis opened the scoring in style by swatting a three-run home run off Danny Salazar in the first inning. He also singled and walked in the contest. For the season, the 28-year-old slugger is slashing .257/.300/.530 with 33 homers and 82 RBI over 440 at-bats. He has homered four times in his last 10 games. Yesterday, 11:05 pm
    W, 5-1 vs Cle
  • Late RBI single from Myers not enough for win
    Wil Myers went 1-for-4 with an RBI single in Tuesday's loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: Myers picked up an RBI base knock as part of a three-run ninth inning, but the Cubs held a 5-0 cushion to start the frame and managed to close out the win despite a few late rocky moments. For the season as a whole, the 25-year-old Myers is hitting .267/.343/.473 with 23 homers and 72 RBI. The overall numbers are fine, but he has struggled of late and entered Tuesday's game with just two hits in his last 23 at-bats. Yesterday, 10:28 pm
    L, 6-3 vs ChC
  • Cano singles twice in loss to former team
    Robinson Cano went 2-for-4 in Tuesday's loss to the Yankees.

    Advice: As a team, the Mariners managed just four hits on the evening. Cano was the only player to pick up more than one. The All-Star second baseman is in the midst of a fantastic campaign and is currently slashing .295/.349/.522 with 28 homers and 79 RBI across 508 at-bats. Fantasy second basemen don't get much better than that. Yesterday, 10:03 pm
  • Walker fails to notch quality start in return
    Making his return to the big league mound in Tuesday's loss to the Yankees, Taijuan Walker allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits over 5 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Walker made a trio of starts for Triple-A Tacoma after being bombed by the Angels for six runs following a DL-stint for foot tendinitis. He was called up for Tuesday's start against the Yankees and pitched a serviceable -- if unspectacular -- game. The 24-year-old right-hander struck out five and walked three while allowing a run in the second inning, two in the fifth and one final run in the sixth. He will take a 4.14 ERA and 1.21 WHIP into a road start against the White Sox as he tries to ease back into the major league flow. Yesterday, 9:57 pm
  • Molina picks up three hits in loss to Mets
    Yadier Molina finished 3-for-5 with an RBI double in a loss to the Mets on Tuesday.

    Advice: The multi-hit game was Molina's fifth in his last 10 contests. He hasn't displayed the power he once did, swatting just four homers to date, but the 34-year-old owns a respectable .284/.345/.387 line with 39 RBI and 40 runs scored on the year. Yesterday, 9:55 pm
  • Perez' two-run triple leads Brewers past Rox
    Hernan Perez hit a two-run triple in the seventh inning to help the Brewers get past the Rockies 6-4 on Tuesday.

    Advice: The hit was Perez' only one in four at-bats, but it was a big one. With two outs and an 0-2 count, Perez slashed a Carlos Estevez pitch down the right field line and into the corner, plating both Jonathan Villar and Ryan Braun to give the Brewers a late lead. It was just the latest noteworthy performance for the 25-year-old this year, who's hitting .282/.308/.458 with 11 homers, 43 RBI, 35 runs scored and 23 steals in 87 games played. Yesterday, 9:34 pm
    W, 7-1 vs Col
  • Arenado hits three-run jack against Brewers
    Nolan Arenado hit a three-run home run in Tuesday's loss to the Brewers.

    Advice: Arenado leads the National League with 33 home runs and 107 RBI, and he's second in the league with 91 runs scored. There's just not a lot else to say about the 25-year-old superstar besides he's one of the best in the game in almost every facet. Offensively, which is what matters in our game, Arenado is hitting .286/.357/.564 through 124 games. Yesterday, 9:30 pm
  • Alvarez (shoulder) throws bullpen session
    Henderson Alvarez (shoulder) threw a 30-pitch bullpen session in front of A's coaches Tuesday.

    Advice: He worked in his slider (along with his fastball and changeup) and reported feeling good. Alvarez is still working his way back from shoulder surgery and has already encountered multiple setbacks, but he said he is hoping to pitch for Oakland before the end of the season. Even if it's in relief. Yesterday, 3:29 pm
    60-Day DL
    W, 5-1 vs Cle
  • LeMahieu scratched due to wrist inflammation
    DJ LeMahieu was scratched from the Rockies' lineup Tuesday due to left wrist inflammation.

    Advice: Daniel Descalso will start at second base and bat sixth Tuesday versus Brewers right-hander Chase Anderson. This could be a multi-game absence for LeMahieu. Yesterday, 2:09 pm
    L, 7-1 @Mil
  • Gurriel (hamstring) remains out Tuesday night
    Yulieski Gurriel (hamstring) is out of the Astros' starting lineup again on Tuesday night.

    Advice: Gurriel left his MLB debut on Sunday with right hamstring tightness and was limited to pinch-hitting duties on Monday. His status appears to be the same for Tuesday. Alex Bregman is starting at third base and batting second versus Pirates right-hander Ivan Nova. Yesterday, 1:05 pm
    W, 5-4 @Pit
  • Mariners recall Taijuan Walker to start Tues.
    Mariners recalled RHP Taijuan Walker from Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: Cody Martin was sent down in the corresponding move. Walker will get the ball Tuesday against the Yankees following a short stint in the minors. The right-hander got off to a strong start this year but began to stall after a midseason foot injury hindered his effectiveness. For what it's worth, he looked good in the minors with a 3.60 ERA in three starts for Tacoma. Yesterday, 11:56 am
  • Gurriel (hamstring) appears as pinch-hitter
    Yulieski Gurriel (hamstring) grounded out as a pinch-hitter Monday against the Pirates.

    Advice: Gurriel exited his MLB debut on Sunday because of hamstring tightness, but he's expected to be back in the starting lineup Tuesday. The Astros don't have the DH available under National League rules, so look for him to either play third base or left field. Yesterday, 5:41 am
    W, 5-4 @Pit
  • Blackmon (toe) appears as pinch-hitter
    Charlie Blackmon (toe) struck out as a pinch-hitter to end Monday's game against the Brewers.

    Advice: Blackmon has missed four straight starts with a bruised right toe, but that he appeared as a pinch-hitter is a sign that he's getting close to returning. He's considered day-to-day. Yesterday, 5:14 am
  • Anthony Rizzo goes 4-for-5
    Anthony Rizzo went 4-for-5 on Monday to finish a game with a .300 average for the first time since April 9.

    Advice: Rizzo got to .299 in the final game before the All-Star break, so it's not like he's been on a tear of late. Still, he's managed to keep contributing, even though he has just one homer in the last month. Monday, 10:43 pm
  • Kyle Seager hits three-run homer in win
    Kyle Seager went 2-for-3 with a three-run homer and a walk in the Mariners' 7-5 defeat of the Yankees on Monday.

    Advice: Seager's .884 OPS is about 100 points better than he's ever done before, and he's two away from matching his career high in homers. It's too bad his brother is getting all of the attention in the family; both have been among the game's top 20 or so position players this year. Monday, 10:38 pm
    L, 5-0 vs NYY
  • Khris Davis fans four times
    Khris Davis struck out all four times he was up in Monday's loss to the Indians.

    Advice: Davis now has a career high in strikeouts (125) to go along with his highs in homers (32) and RBI (79) this season. He has just 20 walks and 18 doubles in 469 plate appearances, so he's not doing much when he isn't homering. Still, he's homering enough to make up for it. Monday, 9:57 pm
    W, 5-1 vs Cle
  • Walker expected to start Tuesday vs. Yankees
    Taijuan Walker is expected to be recalled from Triple-A Tacoma to start Tuesday against the Yankees.

    Advice: The Mariners have yet to make an official announcement, but Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune hears from club officials that Walker is the likely choice. The 24-year-old is coming off 6 1/3 scoreless innings in his most recent start at Triple-A. He'd be worth using in mixed leagues again if he shows signs of progress Tuesday. Monday, 6:11 pm
  • Gurriel available off bench Monday
    Yulieski Gurriel is available off the bench Monday against the Pirates.

    Advice: Gurriel left his MLB debut Sunday with some tightness in his hamstring, but it's not considered serious. The Astros don't have the DH available for their series against the Pirates, but Gurriel is likely to be back in the lineup Tuesday either at third base or in left field. Monday, 3:52 pm
    W, 5-4 @Pit
  • Blackmon (toe) out of lineup again Monday
    Charlie Blackmon (toe) is out of the Rockies' starting lineup again Monday versus the Brewers.

    Advice: Blackmon has now missed four straight starts with a bruised right big toe. Consider him day-to-day for now. Both David Dahl and Gerardo Parra are in the outfield again on Monday. Monday, 1:23 pm
  • Yulieski Gurriel not in Monday's lineup
    Yulieski Gurriel is not in Monday's lineup against the Pirates.

    Advice: Gurriel went 1-for-2 with a double and a walk in his MLB debut Sunday before leaving with tightness in his right hamstring. He's considered day-to-day and will sit with the DH unavailable under National League rules. He could get a start a third base during the series, but Alex Bregman is starting there Monday. Monday, 1:04 pm
    W, 5-4 @Pit
  • Shelby Miller could be close to return
    Diamondbacks chief baseball officer Tony La Russa indicated Sunday that Shelby Miller is close to returning to the major league rotation.

    Advice: Miller registered his fourth consecutive quality start on Saturday at Triple-A Reno, throwing eight innings and allowing three runs versus the Triple-A affiliate of the Giants. "We’ll brainstorm about if his next start is with us or the one after," La Russa said Sunday. "This is all good. He’s getting some real good experience, having some success and figuring things out, getting his delivery together and his mind right." Miller has a brutal 7.14 ERA in 14 starts this season with Arizona. Monday, 10:06 am
    Not Active
    6:40 pm vs Atl
  • D'Backs owner shot down Shelby Miller deal
    According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, Diamondbacks ownership shot down a trade at the non-waiver deadline that would have sent Shelby Miller to the Marlins.

    Advice: Nightengale's source claims that owner Ken Kendrick and president Derrick Hall intervened on the deal because it "just wouldn't look good" after what the Snakes had to give up for Miller last winter. Diamondbacks ownership also reportedly vetoed a plan to replace manager Chip Hale this summer with Triple-A skipper Phil Nevin -- a plan devised by chief baseball officer Tony La Russa and general manager Dave Stewart. This whole thing's a mess. We wouldn't be surprised to see a major front-office shakeup this fall in Arizona. Monday, 6:15 am
    Not Active
    6:40 pm vs Atl
  • Yoenis Cespedes homers again to lead Mets
    Yoenis Cespedes played the role of offensive hero again on Sunday, clobbering a two-run homer to lead the Mets in a 2-0 victory over the Giants.

    Advice: The Mets had been held without a hit through the first six innings of the ballgame until Curtis Granderson led off the seventh with a double. Cespedes then wasted no time, blasting a Jeff Samardzija offering over the wall in left field. He has provided a huge spark since returning from the disabled list, blasting a pair of home runs on Saturday before Sunday's heroics. With his 1-for-4 effort Sunday, Cespedes is now hitting .293/.363/.571 with 25 homers and 64 RBI on the season. Sunday, 7:39 pm
  • Gurriel leaves debut with hamstring tightness
    Yulieski Gurriel left his MLB debut against the Orioles with tightness in his right hamstring.

    Advice: After sitting through a lengthy rain delay, the right hamstring tightened up on the Cuban slugger. He's considered day-to-day for now, though Gurriel said that he'll be in the lineup on Monday night in Pittsburgh. Sunday, 6:08 pm
    W, 5-4 @Pit
  • Arenado goes 4-for-5 with two homers, six RBI
    Nolan Arenado finished 4-for-5 with six RBI in the Rockies' 11-4 rout of the Cubs on Sunday.

    Advice: Arenado opened the game's scoring with a three-run shot in the bottom of the first inning before adding another three-run blast in the bottom of the fourth. He also singled twice. The 25-year-old third baseman is up to 104 RBI for the year, which leads all of MLB, and only Mark Trumbo and Edwin Encarnacion have more homers. Sunday, 4:26 pm
  • Khris Davis launches 32nd home run of '16
    Khris Davis slugged his 32nd home run of the season on Sunday against the White Sox.

    Advice: It was a two-run shot in the top of the fourth inning off White Sox starter Jose Quintana and gave the A's their only runs of the game. Davis is batting just .257 with a .299 on-base percentage, but the 28-year-old slugger is on pace for 42 home runs and 103 RBI. Sunday, 3:19 pm
    W, 5-1 vs Cle
  • Taijuan Walker could start on Tuesday
    Taijuan Walker is a candidate to start Tuesday versus the Yankees.

    Advice: Wade LeBlanc is another option, although he would be taking the ball on three days' rest. Walker has put up a 3.60 ERA over three starts for Triple-A Tacoma since being sent down, although it's come along with a 6/8 K/BB ratio over 15 innings. Sunday, 11:27 am
  • Henderson Alvarez (shoulder) throws off mound
    Henderson Alvarez (shoulder) threw a 25-pitch bullpen session Sunday.

    Advice: It was only fastballs and changeups, but the right-hander felt good. Alvarez has encountered many twists and turns as he works his way back from shoulder surgery, but he hasn't given up hope of pitching this season. Sunday, 9:46 am
    60-Day DL
    W, 5-1 vs Cle
  • Blackmon (toe) likely out a few more days
    Rockies manager Walt Weiss said Saturday that he expected Charlie Blackmon (toe) to miss a couple more starts.

    Advice: He's already missed two starts with a bruised right big toe and it sounds like Blackmon probably won't be back in there until at least the middle of the week. David Dahl has started the last two games in center field, with Gerardo Parra getting the call in left. Sunday, 7:30 am
  • Astros recall Yulieski Gurriel from Triple-A
    Astros recalled 3B Yulieski Gurriel from Triple-A Fresno.

    Advice: Gurriel will make his major league debut in the designated hitter spot against the Orioles. Most of his playing time figures to come at third base, although he did make one start in left field in the minors. Alex Bregman might now see most of his starts in left. Gurriel batted an underwhelming .250/.262/.429 with two homers over 15 minor league games, but the 32-year-old has a seasoned bat and could hit the ground running with the Astros. Sunday, 5:29 am
    W, 5-4 @Pit
  • Astros to promote Yulieski Gurriel on Sunday
    Yulieski Gurriel will be recalled from Triple-A Fresno on Sunday.

    Advice: The Astros' free agent prize from Cuba is finally ready to make his big league debut. Gurriel mostly played third base during his 15-game stint in the minor leagues though he did make one start in left field. He'll serve as the DH in his debut Sunday against the Orioles. Gurriel hit .250 in the minors with two homers and 14 RBI in 56 at-bats. Saturday, 8:13 pm
    W, 5-4 @Pit
  • Santiago battered again, this time by Royals
    Hector Santiago got knocked around again Saturday, giving up 11 hits and eight runs over 4 2/3 innings in a loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Santiago's issue on Saturday -- well, one of his issues -- was homers, as he served up three to Royals hitters. He's now given up seven home runs in four starts since joining the Twins, all losses. His struggles are in stark contrast to the run he was on before the trade, as Santiago had rattled off six straight wins prior to being dealt from the Angels. There's just not much nice to say about Santiago these days. The southpaw will carry a 10-8 record, 5.16 ERA and 1.40 WHIP into Friday's start against the Blue Jays. Saturday, 8:03 pm
    5:10 pm vs Det
  • Cespedes homers twice in win over Giants
    Yoenis Cespedes ripped two homers in Saturday's win over the Giants.

    Advice: He also doubled and came within feet of a third home run on a deep flyout to left field. Cespedes was hampered by a quad injury earlier this month but obviously that's no longer an issue. The 30-year-old now sports an impressive .293 average with 24 HR and 62 RBI through 341 at-bats this year. For the Mets to have any chance of going back to the playoffs, Cespedes will have to carry the team on his back. Saturday, 5:19 pm
  • Charlie Blackmon (toe) out again Saturday
    Charlie Blackmon (toe) is not in the Rockies' lineup Saturday against the Cubs.

    Advice: Blackmon missed Friday's game with a bruised toe and will get another day off on Saturday. Rookie David Dahl will draw the start in center field and bat leadoff against Cubs lefty Mike Montgomery. Blackmon is still considered day-to-day. Saturday, 4:11 pm
  • Cespedes singles in return from DL
    Yoenis Cespedes (quad) went 1-for-4 with a single in his return from the disabled list Friday against the Giants.

    Advice: Cespedes had been out since August 3 with a nagging quad injury. He’s capable of big things if he’s feeling good, but it might be too late for the Mets, who are 5 1/2 games back of the second Wild Card spot in the National League. Friday, 10:24 pm
  • Khris Davis slugs homer No. 31 in win
    Khris Davis went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and four runs scored in Friday’s win over the White Sox.

    Advice: Davis also singled and doubled in the victory. He’s now up to 31 homers on the year. Only Edwin Encarnacion and Mark Trumbo have hit more in MLB. Friday, 8:05 pm
    W, 5-1 vs Cle
  • Collin McHugh shelled in no-decision Friday
    Collin McHugh was shelled in a no-decision against the Orioles on Friday, allowing six runs on nine hits in just three frames.

    Advice: McHugh walked one and struck out four on the night. Nearly all of the damage came via the long ball, with Adam Jones, Manny Machado, Chris Davis and Mark Trumbo all leaving the yard in the first inning. It has been a very rough season for McHugh, who now sports a 4.99 ERA and 1.52 WHIP on the year. He'll look to turn things around when he squares off against the Pirates in Pittsburgh on Wednesday. Friday, 8:04 pm
  • Charlie Blackmon scratched with toe injury
    Charlie Blackmon was a late scratch from Friday's game against the Cubs due to a bruised right big toe.

    Advice: It's unclear exactly how Blackmon sustained the injury, but it may have occurred during the lengthy rain delay before Friday's game. He's considered day-to-day. Friday, 7:29 pm
  • Mets activate Yoenis Cespedes from 15-day DL
    Mets activated OF Yoenis Cespedes from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: He's right back in the middle of the Mets lineup for Friday's contest against the Giants. He'll need to be the premier offensive presence that he was after his acquisition in the second half last season if the Mets are going to make another run at the postseason. Friday, 5:14 pm
  • Cano cracks solo home run in loss to Angels
    Robinson Cano went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Thursday's loss to the Angels.

    Advice: Cano whacked a solo home run off Angels starter Matt Shoemaker in the first inning for his lone hit of the game. The dinger was his 27th of the season and pushed his RBI total to 75. The 27 homers are the most he has hit since he launched the same number with the Yankees in 2013. With about a month-and-a-half remaining in the season, the star second baseman needs six more home runs to tie the career-best 33 he notched four seasons ago. Thursday, 10:30 pm
  • Gurriel to start in left field Thursday night
    Yulieski Gurriel will start in left field Thursday for Triple-A Fresno.

    Advice: Well that's an interesting development. The expectation was that Gurriel would only play third base during his rehab assignment but it looks like the Astros are going to try him in the outfield. Gurriel has some outfield experience from his playing days in Cuba and got some reps there when he worked out for the Astros prior to signing. Moving Gurriel to the outfield full time would allow top prospect Alex Bregman to remain at third base. Thursday, 4:35 pm
    W, 5-4 @Pit
  • Zach Davies gives up seven runs to Cubs
    Zach Davies was roughed up again Thursday, allowing seven runs in four innings versus the Cubs.

    Advice: Davies had his ERA down to 3.58 a week ago, but he's given up 12 runs in his last two starts, pushing him back up to 4.18. The Brewers have to hope he hasn't completely run out of gas; they're running out of pitching to use to finish the season. Thursday, 2:54 pm
    W, 7-1 vs Col
  • Hanley Ramirez activated off bereavement list
    Red Sox activated 1B Hanley Ramirez from the bereavement list.

    Advice: Hanley flew home to the Dominican Republic on Sunday to mourn the death of a relative. He is starting at first base and batting cleanup for the Red Sox on Thursday afternoon against Tigers left-hander Matt Boyd. Thursday, 7:31 am
  • Gurriel goes 0-for-4 in second game at Fresno
    Yulieski Gurriel went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts Wednesday in his second game with Triple-A Fresno.

    Advice: But that comes after a big 3-for-4 debut at the Triple-A level on Tuesday. Gurriel, signed last month to a five-year, $47.5 million contract, is batting .283/.294/.500 with two home runs, four doubles, and 14 RBI through 15 minor league games. The 32-year-old Cuban third baseman should join the Astros' major league roster within the next few days. Thursday, 6:56 am
    W, 5-4 @Pit
  • Yoenis Cespedes (quad) set to return Friday
    Yoenis Cespedes (quad) is set to be activated from the disabled list Friday.

    Advice: Cespedes went 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored Wednesday in his third and final rehab game with High-A St. Lucie. "I felt comfortable at the plate," he told reporters. "I'll be ready for Friday." Cespedes was batting .289/.362/.548 with 22 home runs and 59 RBI in 94 games for the Mets before landing on the disabled list August 3 with a quad injury. Thursday, 6:00 am
  • LeMahieu scores three times as Rox best Nats
    DJ LeMahieu went 3-for-3 with a triple, a two-run home run and three runs scored as the Rockies topped the Nationals 6-2 on Tuesday.

    Advice: No one this side of the equator (sorry, that disqualifies you, Michael Phelps) is as hot as LeMahieu these days. The 28-year-old is now hitting .548 (17-for-31) with two home runs, five RBI and eight runs scored during an eight-game hitting streak, running his overall line to .342/.415/.498. LeMahieu is also fourth in the National League with 79 runs scored. Tuesday, 11:05 pm
    L, 7-1 @Mil
  • Perez hits 10th homer in loss against Cubs
    Hernan Perez went 2-for-4 with his 10th home run of the season in Tuesday's nightcap against the Cubs.

    Advice: Perez hit what seemed like a meaningless homer with two outs in the ninth inning of a four-run game, but the Brewers put together a small rally to bring the tying run to the plate before Aroldis Chapman snuffed out the comeback attempt. The homer was the 10th for Perez in what is shaping up to be a breakout year for the 25-year-old. He's hitting .286/.312/.456 with 21 steals to go along with those 10 homers. Tuesday, 9:02 pm
    W, 7-1 vs Col
  • Kenta Maeda strong over six innings Tuesday
    Kenta Maeda recorded nine strikeouts while yielding two runs across six frames in Tuesday's 15-5 blowout win over the Phillies.

    Advice: The Dodgers didn't need much from Maeda as they ambushed the Phillies' pitching staff, but he gave them a good outing, anyway. The right-hander permitted just three hits and one walk on the night to go along with his nine punchouts. Maeda has often had trouble pitching deep into games, but he now boasts a 3.29 ERA and 138/35 K/BB ratio over 136 2/3 innings. He'll face the Reds in Cincinnati this weekend. Tuesday, 8:41 pm
  • Charlie Blackmon hits 21st homer
    Charlie Blackmon, named the NL Player of the Week earlier in the day, hit his 21st homer Monday against the Nationals.

    Advice: Blackmon has nine homers in his last 10 games after hitting 12 in his first 96. He already has more RBI this year (60) than he did in 157 games last season (58). Monday, 9:24 pm
  • DJ LeMahieu goes 4-for-4
    DJ LeMahieu had a 4-for-4 night at the plate Monday against the Nationals.

    Advice: Though he lacks the big power stroke, LeMahieu has been awesome at Coors Field this year, hitting .390 with a 24/36 K/BB ratio in 242 plate appearances. On the road, he's at a much more pedestrian, though still respectable, .288 with a 38/16 K/BB ratio in 239 plate appearances. It's just not all about the home run at Coors. Monday, 9:22 pm
    L, 7-1 @Mil
  • Yoenis Cespedes (quad) plays first rehab game
    Yoenis Cespedes (quad) went 0-for-3 with an RBI ground out in his first minor league rehab game with High-A St. Lucie.

    Advice: Cespedes served as the designated hitter in his first game back, but he's slated to play the field on Tuesday. The hope is that he'll return to the Mets' lineup this weekend against the Giants in San Francisco. Monday, 6:13 pm
  • Byung Ho Park lands on AAA disabled list
    Byung Ho Park has been placed on the disabled list at Triple-A Rochester with right wrist tendinitis.

    Advice: It's unclear how much time he might miss. Park is batting .224/.297/.526 with 10 home runs in 31 games since his demotion to the Triple-A level on the first of July, but he had been in a slump lately. The South Korean slugger was slashing .191/.275/.409 with 12 home runs through 62 games for Minnesota. Aug 15, 12:11 pm
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    5:10 pm vs Det
  • Hanley Ramirez due back Thursday?
    Hanley Ramirez is expected to spend three days on the bereavement list.

    Advice: Which pegs his return for Thursday, when the Red Sox begin a four-game series at Detroit's Comerica Park. Hanley was placed on bereavement Sunday evening and traveled home to the Dominican Republic. Aug 15, 8:52 am
  • Rizzo slugs 25th home run in losing effort
    Anthony Rizzo slugged his 25th home run of the season in a losing effort against the Cardinals on Sunday night.

    Advice: His solo blast off of Kevin Siegrist in the eighth inning pulled the Cubs back to within two runs at 6-4, but that would be as close as they would come in the ballgame. Rizzo also singled twice, finishing the night 3-for-4 with a run scored and three RBI. He's having an outstanding season at the dish, slashing .291/.398/.572 with 25 homers, 85 RBI and three stolen bases. Aug 14, 8:14 pm
  • Kyle Seager plates four in win over Athletics
    Kyle Seager went 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles and four RBI on Sunday, leading the Mariners to an 8-4 victory over the Athletics in Oakland.

    Advice: Seager gave the Mariners a 2-1 lead with an RBI double in the second inning, then piled on with a bases-clearing double to increase their advantage to 7-1 in the sixth. He is having a terrific season at the dish, slashing .284/.359/.515 with 22 homers and 77 RBI. Aug 14, 4:14 pm
    L, 5-0 vs NYY
  • Davis clubs 30th home run in loss Sunday
    Khris Davis clubbed his 30th home run on Sunday, but it wasn't enough to lead the Athletics to victory over the Mariners.

    Advice: Davis' two-run shot in the sixth inning pulled the A's to within four runs at 7-3. He finished the afternoon 2-for-4 and is now slashing .254/.294/.516 with the aforementioned 30 bombs and 75 RBI. While the on-base percentage isn't optimal, he's one of the top sources of right-handed power in all of baseball. Aug 14, 4:05 pm
    W, 5-1 vs Cle
  • Santiago pounded for seven runs by Royals
    Hector Santiago surrendered seven earned runs in four innings Sunday in a loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Santiago walked none and struck out two, but he gave up nine hits and four of them went for extra bases. The left-hander has now surrendered 16 runs -- 15 earned -- in 14 1/3 innings since being traded from the Angels to the Twins. He's also taken three straight losses. Aug 14, 2:26 pm
    5:10 pm vs Det
  • Red Sox place Hanley Ramirez on bereavement
    Red Sox placed INF Hanley Ramirez on the bereavement leave list.

    Advice: He will be away from the club for a couple of days, so fantasy owners will want to have another option ready for next week. No corresponding move has been announced yet. Aug 14, 2:18 pm
  • Cano slugs two-run homer on Saturday
    Robinson Cano slugged a key two-run homer to lift the Mariners over the Athletics on Saturday.

    Advice: The blast was his 26th of the season. He is batting .294 with 73 RBI and 75 runs scored. His .872 OPS is his best since joining the Mariners in 2014. Aug 13, 10:23 pm
  • Davies allows five runs in loss to Reds
    Zach Davies allowed five runs on eight hits over five innings in Saturday's loss to the Reds.

    Advice: Davies allowed just one run over his first five innings, but three straight singles and a walk to lead off the sixth ended his night. Reliever Michael Blazek promptly allowed a three-run home run, two runs of which were credited to Davies, so his final line was actually a little worse than the 23-year-old likely deserved. The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for Davies, who sits at 9-5 with a 3.80 ERA and 1.21 WHIP through 21 starts this year. The Brewers seem to have found something in Davies, who will face a tougher task next week when they visit the Cubs. Aug 13, 9:21 pm
    W, 7-1 vs Col
  • Myers connects for clutch homer against Mets
    Wil Myers hit his 23rd home run of the year in Saturday's loss to the Mets.

    Advice: It was going to be a loss anyway before Myers turned around a 97 mph fastball from closer Jeurys Familia to tie the game with two outs in the ninth inning. The homer was Myers' only hit in four at-bats. The 25-year-old has settled in with the Padres and is enjoying a breakout offensive year, batting .276/.354/.500 with 23 homers, 70 RBI, 77 runs and 21 stolen bases through 113 games. Aug 13, 9:10 pm
    L, 6-3 vs ChC
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