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  • Franco homers in third straight to top Mets
    Maikel Franco homered in his third straight game Saturday, and the Phillies outlasted the Mets 10-8.

    Advice: For the fourth game in a row, Franco had two hits, and for the third straight game one of those hits left the yard. He finished 2-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored on Saturday, with his three-run jack in the first inning accounting for all his runs driven in. He's finishing a relatively disappointing season on a high note, as the 24-year-old now has 25 homers and 87 RBI to go with a .253/.304/.433 line overall. Yesterday, 10:16 pm
  • Turner goes 3-for-3 with two RBI, two runs
    Justin Turner went 3-for-3 with two RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base in Saturday's demolition of the Rockies.

    Advice: He also walked twice and reached base in all his plate appearances. All three hits were singles, two of them drove in runs. He is batting .274 with 27 home runs and 89 RBI in 533 at-bats. The 31-year-old journeyman has been an extremely effective hitter since joining the Dodgers in 2014. Yesterday, 9:46 pm
  • Arenado goes 2-for-3 vs Dodgers Saturday
    Nolan Arenado went 2-for-3 in a lopsided loss to the Dodgers on Saturday.

    Advice: The Rockies predictably couldn't get anything going against Clayton Kershaw. Both of Arenado's hits were singles. He is having another fantastic season. He is rocking a .294 batting average with 40 home runs, 129 RBI and 112 runs scored. He is still only 25 years old. Yesterday, 9:27 pm
  • Dietrich launches seventh homer versus Braves
    Derek Dietrich hit a two-run home run in Saturday's win over the Braves.

    Advice: Dietrich hit the two-run blast off Braves starter Aaron Blair in the first inning. He finished 1-for-4 in the game. Dietrich now has seven homers and 42 RBI in 122 games, batting a respectable .286/.381/.437 in that span. Yesterday, 9:17 pm
    New Player Note
    Derek Dietrich Mia - 1B,2B,3B,OF
    10:10 am vs Atl
  • Drew picks up two-run single against Pirates
    Stephen Drew went 2-for-4 with two RBI in Saturday's win over the Pirates.

    Advice: Drew had a big two-run single in the first inning to widen the Nats' early lead, and they never looked back. In his last four games, Drew is 6-for-15 with two doubles, two RBI and two runs scored, and with Daniel Murphy still sidelined it's likely the 33-year-old continues to get regular playing time as the season winds down. Drew is hitting .281/.345/.539 in 64 games this year. Yesterday, 8:56 pm
  • Frazier swats 39th bomb in Saturday's win
    Todd Frazier went 2-for-5 with a home run and scored twice in a win over the Indians on Saturday.

    Advice: The solo longball in the sixth inning was his 39th round-tripper of the season. Frazier's .225 batting average is painful but he is good everywhere else. He has 96 RBI and 84 runs scored and has even stolen 12 bases. Yesterday, 8:37 pm
  • Holt has RBI double, run scored against Rays
    Brock Holt went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and a run scored in Saturday's win over the Rays.

    Advice: Holt plated the first run of the game with a double in the second inning. The all-purpose 28-year-old is hitting .264/.326/.397 with seven homers, 34 RBI, 44 runs scored and four steals in 88 games this year. Yesterday, 7:34 pm
    New Player Note
    Brock Holt Bos - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
  • Sano drills 24th home run on Saturday
    Miguel Sano went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Saturday's win over the Mariners.

    Advice: The fourth inning blast provided the winning margin in a game in which the Twins prevailed despite generating only three hits all night. Sano has been nursing a back injury in recent weeks but seemed fine tonight. He is now batting .240 with 24 home runs and 61 RBI. The 23-year-old's .797 OPS pales in comparison to the .916 OPS he put up as a rookie last year. Yesterday, 6:50 pm
  • Tyler Saladino (back) to see doctor on Monday
    White Sox manager Robin Ventura expects Tyler Saladino (back) will have his back checked out when the team returns home on Monday.

    Advice: He was scratched from Friday's lineup with back discomfort and is expected to miss the entire weekend series in Cleveland. It's been a rough injury month for Saladino, who just returned after missing three games with a calf issue earlier this week. The 27-year-old has hit .282 this year with eight homers, 38 RBI and 11 steals. Yesterday, 5:41 pm
    10:10 am @Cle
  • Yangervis Solarte returns after wife's death
    Yangervis Solarte has rejoined the Padres.

    Advice: He hasn't played since his wife passed away from cancer last weekend. Solarte has had a strong season for the Padres, hitting .284 with a career-high 15 HR and 68 RBI. Ryan Schimpf handed third base during his absence. Yesterday, 3:34 pm
  • Flores (wrist) could be done for the year
    ESPN New York's Adam Rubin reports Wilmer Flores (wrist) may be done for the season.

    Advice: He isn't close to swinging a bat and has already received two cortisone shots since going down with a bruised wrist two weeks ago. Flores could return if the Mets make a deep postseason run but it's a near certainty he won't be back for the final week of the regular season. Assuming that's the case, Flores will close out the 2016 campaign with 16 HR, 49 RBI and a .267 average across 307 at-bats. Yesterday, 1:46 pm
    New Player Note
    Wilmer Flores NYM - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    10:10 am vs Phi
  • Sandoval could return if 'the need arises'
    Red Sox manager John Farrell said Pablo Sandoval (shoulder) could return this season "if the need arises."

    Advice: Sandoval is well ahead of schedule in his recovery from shoulder surgery. He's made two appearances in the fall instructional league at DH and took batting practice with the Red Sox on Saturday. It's still a long shot but there's an outside chance Panda could make the postseason roster, particularly if something happens to Aaron Hill, Travis Shaw or Brock Holt over the next week. Yesterday, 1:34 pm
    60-Day DL
  • Rangers resting most regulars on Saturday
    Adrian Beltre, Rougned Odor and a host of other Rangers are getting the day off for Saturday's game against the Athletics.

    Advice: Jonathan Lucroy, Carlos Beltran, Ian Desmond and Mitch Moreland are taking a seat as well. The Rangesr have already clinched the division title in the American League West, the only thing left to play for is home field advantage throughout the playoffs. Expect to see their regulars sporadically receiving rest over the final week and a half. Yesterday, 10:37 am
  • 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. Yesterday, 7:46 am
    15-Day DL
    10:10 am vs KC
  • Nolan Arenado drills 40th homer
    Nolan Arenado hit his 40th homer Friday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Arenado has 40 homers and 129 RBI right now after finishing with 42 homers and 130 RBI last year. Where he's grown as a player is in the walk department; he's taken 55 unintentional walks this year and finishing with just 21 in 2014. Friday, 11:45 pm
  • Adrian Beltre hits 31st homer
    Adrian Beltre reached 100 RBI by hitting his 31st homer Friday against the Rangers.

    Advice: It's been like 2004 again for Beltre these last couple of months. He reached 30 homers for the first time since 2013 and 100 RBI for the first time since 2012. He didn't play well enough in the first half to justify MVP consideration, but he's been pretty awesome of late. Friday, 10:16 pm
  • Escobar slugs game-tying homer vs. Astros
    Yunel Escobar slugged a two-run homer and drew a walk in Friday’s win over the Astros.

    Advice: After Cliff Pennington led off the top of the ninth inning with a single against Ken Giles, Escobar followed with a game-tying home run. The Angels would go on to plate six runs in the inning for the win. Escobar has hit safely in six straight games and is batting .310/.361/.400 with five homers and 38 RBI over 127 games this season. Friday, 9:07 pm
  • Franco homers in loss to Mets
    Maikel Franco went 2-for-4 with a long two-run homer Friday against the Mets.

    Advice: After going without a homer in 27 games, Franco has now homered on back-to-back nights. While the 24-year-old has regressed from his impressive rookie season, he's showing some late life. He leads the Phillies with 24 homers and 84 RBI. Friday, 8:14 pm
  • Tyler Saladino scratched with sore back
    Tyler Saladino was scratched from Friday's lineup with back discomfort.

    Advice: Saladino missed a few days of action last month with back issues. Consider him day-to-day. Carlos Sanchez replaced him at second base. Friday, 2:46 pm
    10:10 am @Cle
  • Solarte (personal) would like to return
    Yangervis Solarte (personal) would like to return this season, but Padres manager Andy Green said the infielder's situation remains "fluid."

    Advice: Solarte's wife, Yuliett, died this past Saturday from complications related to cancer. She was only 31. Obviously the Padres will give Solarte all the time he needs. Friday, 7:04 am
  • Sano wants to lose 20 pounds over offseason
    Miguel Sano said Thursday that he plans to lose 20 pounds over the offseason.

    Advice: Sano said the same thing heading into last offseason but wound up shedding only a few pounds prior to spring training. La Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune notes that teammates "have had to stay on (Sano) about getting in his workouts" during the season. The 23-year-old does seem more committed to getting into better shape now after a disappointing season that's seen him bat just .236/.322/.459 while battling injuries. "My plans for next year are to work harder during the offseason, try to lose weight and come back next year and play the whole season at third base," Sano said. Friday, 6:39 am
  • Franco homers, has four RBI in loss to Mets
    Maikel Franco did everything he could to get the Phillies past the Mets on Thursday, finishing 2-for-5 with a home run and four RBI in the loss.

    Advice: Franco muscled an Addison Reed pitch to the opposite field in the eighth inning, barely clearing the wall for a three-run shot that gave the Phillies a late lead. After the Mets came back in the ninth, Franco then drove in a run with a bases-loaded walk in the 11th. Of course, that run wouldn't hold up, either, but there's only so much one man can do. With Thursday's game, the 24-year-old is hitting .250/.310/.422 with 23 homers, 83 RBI and 59 runs scored in 143 games. Thursday, 9:53 pm
  • Miguel Sano not in Game 2 lineup Thursday
    Miguel Sano is not in the Twins starting lineup for the second game of Thursday/s doubleheader against the Tigers.

    Advice: Sano returned to the lineup for the day game after sitting out since last Monday due to soreness in his lower back. He should return to the lineup for Friday's series opener against the Mariners. Thursday, 3:59 pm
  • Brock Holt (death in family) back Thursday
    Brock Holt (personal) is back in the Red Sox starting lineup Thursday night against the Orioles.

    Advice: Holt was excused from the club for a couple of days following a death in his family. He will start at shortstop and bat second Thursday versus Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman. Xander Bogaerts has the night off. Thursday, 12:23 pm
    New Player Note
    Brock Holt Bos - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
  • Sano (back) returns to Twins lineup Thursday
    Miguel Sano (back) is in the Twins' starting lineup for Game 1 of Thursday's doubleheader.

    Advice: It's the first start for Sano since last Monday. He is at third base and batting cleanup against Tigers right-hander Anibal Sanchez. Game 2 of the split doubleheader at Target Field is scheduled for 8:10 p.m. ET. Thursday, 8:49 am
  • Sano (back) could step up as pinch hitter
    Miguel Sano (back) could be available to pinch-hit against the Tigers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Sano is being held out of the lineup on Wednesday, but it appears he is very close to a return. He could possibly be back in action on a full-time basis on Thursday as the Twins wrap up their current four-game series with the Motor City Kitties. Wednesday, 3:36 pm
  • Arenado slugs grand slam in rout of Cards
    Nolan Arenado slugged a grand slam Wednesday in the Rockies' 11-1 rout of the Cardinals.

    Advice: Arenado cranked his four-run shot against rookie Cardinals starter Luke Weaver in the bottom of the second inning to put the Rockies up 6-1. He also drew a walk and singled, finishing 2-for-4 with four RBI and two runs scored in the big afternoon romp at Coors Field. Arenado is batting .294/.362/.573 with 39 home runs and an MLB-leading 128 RBI in 150 games this season. The 25-year-old third baseman is on his way to a second straight 130-plus RBI campaign. Wednesday, 3:19 pm
  • Miguel Sano (back) kept out of lineup vs. DET
    Miguel Sano (back) is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Tigers.

    Advice: Sano's been dealing with a sore lower right back since September 12. While he has gone through an MRI which revealed no structural damage or evidence of an injury that might keep him out long-term, the Twins are playing it safe with their 23-year-old slugger. Joe Mauer is DHing in his place against the Tigers on Wednesday. Wednesday, 2:10 pm
  • Wilmer Flores (wrist) won't play on Thursday
    Mets manager Terry Collins has ruled out Wilmer Flores (wrist) for Thursday's game against the Phillies.

    Advice: Collins deemed the worry-level surrounding Flores' wrist as a "DEFCON 4," so that is somewhat disconcerting. The team had hoped that the 25-year-old infielder would be able to return to the lineup against Phillies southpaw Adam Morgan on Thursday. Flores is currently sidelined by a left wrist injury suffered in a collision at home plate on September 10. He has been given two cortisone shots in the intervening days, but Collins said Flores has not been able to swing a bat since the collision. Wednesday, 1:26 pm
    New Player Note
    Wilmer Flores NYM - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    10:10 am vs Phi
  • Saladino (calf) goes 1-for-4 in return Tues.
    Tyler Saladino (calf) went 1-for-4 in his return to the White Sox starting lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: Saladino missed a handful of games after tweaking his calf Friday night in Kansas City. The 27-year-old infielder is slashing .286/.319/.415 with eight home runs and 11 stolen bases in 92 games this season. Wednesday, 5:53 am
    10:10 am @Cle
  • Escobar has run scored, RBI with three hits
    Yunel Escobar finished 3-for-5 with an RBI single and a run scored Tuesday against the Rangers.

    Advice: Escobar swatted a pair of doubles to go with his RBI single in the second inning. The three-hit game matched his hit output in his last eight contests, as he saw his average fall from .321 to .306 in that stretch. The 33-year-old is now hitting .309/.360/.395 through 124 games overall. Tuesday, 9:24 pm
  • 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
    10:10 am vs KC
  • Holt excused following death in family
    Brock Holt will be away from the Red Sox for the next two days following a death in his family.

    Advice: Holt just returned to the Red Sox starting lineup Monday after an eight-day absence due to shoulder trouble. He should be back for Thursday's series finale in Baltimore. Tuesday, 2:30 pm
    New Player Note
    Brock Holt Bos - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
  • Sano (back) remains sidelined Tuesday night
    Miguel Sano (back) remains out of the Twins' starting lineup on Tuesday against the Tigers.

    Advice: Sano hasn't played since September 12 due to a lingering back injury, though an MRI came back relatively clean over the weekend and he is apparently aiming to return to action around the middle of this week. Kurt Suzuki is at DH for the Twins on Tuesday night. Tuesday, 1:49 pm
  • Flores given second cortisone shot for wrist
    Wilmer Flores was given a second cortisone injection for his injured left wrist.

    Advice: Flores hasn't appeared in a game for the Mets since suffering a bone bruise in an awkward home-plate collision with A.J. Pierzynski on September 10 in Atlanta, and it's going to be at least another couple days before he can return. T.J. Rivera is at second base and James Loney is at first base on Tuesday night against the Braves. Tuesday, 1:13 pm
    New Player Note
    Wilmer Flores NYM - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    10:10 am vs Phi
  • Holt (shoulder) back in Red Sox lineup Mon.
    Brock Holt (shoulder) is back in the Red Sox starting lineup Monday night against the Orioles.

    Advice: It will be the first start since September 11 for Holt, who had been dealing with a shoulder injury. He is playing third base and batting seventh versus Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy. Monday, 12:09 pm
    New Player Note
    Brock Holt Bos - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
  • Derek Dietrich reaches three times
    Derek Dietrich went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a walk against the Phillies on Sunday.

    Advice: Dietrich started his first three games back from the disabled list Sept. 3-5, but this was just his third start in 13 days since. He's playing well enough to justify more at-bats; he's 9-for-24 with a homer, two doubles and three walks since coming back. Sep 18, 2:24 pm
    New Player Note
    Derek Dietrich Mia - 1B,2B,3B,OF
    10:10 am vs Atl
  • Miguel Sano (back) hoping to return midweek
    Miguel Sano (back) is hoping to rejoin the Twins' lineup by midweek after an MRI came back relatively clean.

    Advice: "There was a little sign of an old injury that they are not concerned about," manager Paul Molitor said. Sano is aiming to take batting practice on Tuesday and could be cleared to return to the lineup if it goes well. He's been out since last Monday with a sore lower right back. Sep 18, 9:27 am
  • Arenado goes 2-for-3 with a two-run bomb Sat.
    Nolan Arenado hit a two-run jack and finished 2-for-3 with a walk in Saturday's defeat of the Padres.

    Advice: Arenado's monster season rolls on. The first inning bomb gave the Rockies an early lead and they would never look back. He is batting .296 with 38 home runs and 123 RBI. He has also scored 107 times. He still has a chance to equal or surpass the 42 dingers he walloped last year. Sep 17, 8:27 pm
  • Tyler Saladino dealing with calf injury
    Tyler Saladino (calf) is dealing with a calf injury.

    Advice: He tweaked it in Friday's win over Kansas City. Saladino has been a jack of all trades this year, seeing time at seven different positions, though most of his work has come at second base. He's day-to-day. Sep 17, 3:39 pm
    10:10 am @Cle
  • 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
    10:10 am vs KC
  • Yangervis Solarte out due to family issue
    Yangervis Solarte was scratched from the Padres lineup on Friday due to a family issue.

    Advice: He left the club to go home and be with his family. There's no timetable for his return at the moment, but with the Padres long out of contention, he certainly won't be rushed. Alexi Amarista replaced him in Friday's lineup and could see extra run in his absence. Sep 16, 4:14 pm
  • Yangervis Solarte scratched from lineup
    Yangervis Solarte was scratched from the Padres' lineup Friday.

    Advice: No reason for the scratch has been provided yet. Alexi Amarista has replaced him at second base. Sep 16, 2:42 pm
  • Flores diagnosed with wrist inflammation
    Wilmer Flores has been diagnosed with inflammation in his left wrist.

    Advice: He's been given a cortisone shot and the expectation is that he'll be ready to go in a couple days. Flores hasn't played since getting involved in a home-plate collision with A.J. Pierzynski last Saturday. Sep 16, 12:44 pm
    New Player Note
    Wilmer Flores NYM - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    10:10 am vs Phi
  • Brock Holt nursing shoulder injury of late
    Brock Holt hasn't played since Sunday due to a shoulder injury.

    Advice: Holt injured himself on a dive back into first base. He's available off the bench but might not see much playing time, especially with Andrew Benintendi now back in the mix. Sep 16, 5:59 am
    New Player Note
    Brock Holt Bos - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
  • Sano returning to Twin Cities for back exam
    Miguel Sano is returning to the Twin Cities to have his injured back examined.

    Advice: Sano is missing a third straight game Thursday in Detroit due to this lingering lower back discomfort and will not immediately accompany the Twins to New York, where they have a weekend series against the Mets. It's not clear when he might return. Eduardo Escobar is at third base, Joe Mauer is at DH, and Kennys Vargas is starting at first base on Thursday afternoon against the Tigers. Sep 15, 8:47 am
  • Castellanos (hand) week from full sim game
    Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Nick Castellanos (hand) is still at least a week away from playing a full simulated game.

    Advice: Castellanos took just one at-bat against rehabbing right-hander Jordan Zimmermann on Wednesday at Comerica Park in Detroit. He could head to the Tigers' instructional league in Florida to see more live pitching, if the timing is right. Castellanos has been on the disabled list since the first week of August because of a fractured left hand. He's pointed toward a late-September return. Sep 15, 8:41 am
    15-Day DL
    10:10 am vs KC
  • Miguel Sano (back) remains sidelined Thurs.
    Miguel Sano (back) remains out Thursday.

    Advice: Sano has been sidelined since leaving Monday's series opener with lower back tightness. He told reporters Thursday morning that the situation is still "not good." Joe Mauer is at DH and Kennys Vargas will start at first base Thursday afternoon against the Tigers. Sep 15, 8:22 am
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