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  • Jordan Zimmermann could start this weekend
    Jordan Zimmermann could start Saturday at Atlanta.

    Advice: Zimmermann looked sharp in a three-inning relief appearance Sunday versus the Royals, yielding one run while striking out four. He threw 30 of his 35 pitches for strikes. It was the first appearance since September 10 for the 30-year-old right-hander, who has been battling lat trouble since late June. Saturday's game is setting up as a must-win for Detroit. Zimmermann is a risky fantasy play, even against the lowly Braves, because of his limited recent workload. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:53 am
  • Nelson Cruz (wrist) expecting to play Monday
    Nelson Cruz (wrist) expects to play in Monday night's series opener against the Astros.

    Advice: Cruz was lifted from Sunday's series finale against the Twins in the top of the eighth inning after experiencing soreness in his left wrist, but he said afterward that it's nothing serious. The big slugger homered twice Sunday before exiting and now has 41 home runs and 100 RBI in 149 games for the year. Seattle is still technically alive for an American League Wild Card spot, though that dream could end early this week. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:02 am
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  • Jake Thompson done for the season
    Jake Thompson has been shut down for the year.

    Advice: Thompson allowed three earned runs over four innings Sunday in the Phillies' 17-0 blowout loss to the Mets, leaving him with a 5.70 ERA in 53 2/3 innings for the season. The young right-hander did show some promise in his first taste of the majors -- if you look beyond the ugly overall numbers -- and he should open the 2017 campaign as a member of the Philadelphia starting rotation assuming all goes smoothly next spring. Acquired from the Rangers in last year's Cole Hamels trade, Thompson has a bright future ahead. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:58 am
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  • Rob Zastryzny to start Thursday vs. Bucs
    Rob Zastryzny will make his first major league start this Thursday against the Pirates.

    Advice: It'll be part of a bullpen game for the National League Central-champion Cubs, with Zastryzny probably covering the first 2-3 innings. The 24-year-old southpaw has registered an impressive 1.46 ERA with 13 strikeouts over his first 12 1/3 major league frames. He could make the 25-man postseason roster as a lefty relief specialist. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:55 am
  • Buster Posey delivers two-run single in loss
    Buster Posey went 1-for-3 and delivered a two-run single as the Giants fell to the Padres in San Diego on Sunday.

    Advice: His run-scoring knock off of Clayton Richard came during a three-run rally in the third inning that gave the Giants an early 3-1 lead. Unfortunately, that would be the extent of their offense in the contest. Posey has disappointed relative to expectations this season, slashing .288/.358/.434 with only 13 homers and 73 RBI on the season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:41 pm
  • Brandon McCarthy pitches well in no-decision
    Brandon McCarthy pitched well in a no-decision against the Rockies on Sunday, allowing two runs on four hits over his 5 1/3 innings.

    Advice: The veteran right-hander punched out six on the afternoon and walked just one. It was a nice return to the rotation for McCarthy, who was thrust into emergency duty when the club pushed Rich Hill's next start back. He could stick in the rotation to make another start next week, and would be worth a look as a streaming option in that case. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:19 pm
  • Ryon Healy leaves the yard again in victory
    Ryon Healy clobbered another home run on Sunday as the Athletics routed the Rangers 7-1 in Oakland.

    Advice: All of the damage came during a seven-run uprising in the second inning, which Healy capped off with a two-run homer to chase Colby Lewis from the game. He has really opened some eyes during his time with the big league club, slashing .303/.336/.519 with 12 homers and 33 RBI in 241 at-bats. He has likely played his way into a role as the club's starting third baseman heading into 2017. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:40 pm
  • E-Rod strikes out 13, BoSox win 11th straight
    Eduardo Rodriguez struck out a career-high 13 over 5 1/3 innings of one-run ball, netting a no-decision in Sunday's 3-2 extra-innings win over the Rays.

    Advice: It was a record-setting day for the Red Sox, as Rodriguez combined with the bullpen to strike out 21 Rays batters over the first nine innings. The left-hander lost out on a win when Tampa knotted things up in the eighth inning, but much more important is that E-Rod is hitting his stride as the playoffs near with a 2.03 ERA over his last eight starts. Boston is playing its best baseball of the year, as well, with 11 straight victories. Rodriguez will close out his regular season at home against the Blue Jays. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:22 pm
  • Michael Pineda whiffs seven over solid 5 2/3
    Michael Pineda held the Blue Jays to one run over 5 2/3 innings while recording seven strikeouts in a no-decision Sunday.

    Advice: Pineda was inefficient as he often can be, but the only run he allowed on the day was a solo home run to Jose Bautista in the fourth inning. It was the big right-hander's fifth straight no-decision, and he hasn't picked up a victory since August 5. Pineda's final start of the season will come Friday against the Orioles. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:54 pm
  • Musgrove cruises over seven against Angels
    Joe Musgrove was excellent on Sunday afternoon in Houston, allowing just one run over seven innings in the Astros' 4-1 victory over the Angels.

    Advice: The one run he gave up came on an RBI single up the middle by Rafael Ortega in the top of the fourth inning. Musgrove struck out four, didn't walk a batter, and scattered seven hits. The rookie right-hander now holds a 4.06 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and 55/16 K/BB ratio over 62 innings this year. He'll finish the regular season with a road start against this same Angels squad. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:48 pm
  • Jose Bautista homers again in Jays' victory
    Jose Bautista reached base four times and homered for the third time in four games in Sunday's win over the Yankees.

    Advice: Bautista got the scoring going with a solo shot off of Michael Pineda in the fourth inning. He wound up reaching base in all four of his trips to the plate and has really heated things up of late with three multi-hit contests and a trio of home runs over his last five games. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:39 pm
  • Britton tallies his 46th save of the season
    Zach Britton tallied his 46th save of the season Sunday in the Orioles' defeat of the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Britton gave up a two-out single to Brandon Drury but induced a flyout from Kyle Jensen to preserve the O's 2-1 lead. The right-hander is 46-for-46 in save opportunities this season with a 0.56 ERA. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:26 pm
  • Todd Frazier scores twice, steals two bases
    Todd Frazier scored two runs and stole a pair of bases in Sunday's win over the Indians.

    Advice: He also singled and drew a walk. Frazier is sporting a .226 batting average this season, but with 39 home runs, 96 RBI, 86 runs and 14 stolen bases, fantasy owners aren't going to complain. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:06 pm
  • Danny Valencia sitting out on Sunday
    Danny Valencia is not in the Athletics' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's a routine day off. Matt Olson is in right field Sunday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:16 am
    Player Note
    Danny Valencia Oak - 1B,3B,OF
  • Bumgarner coughs up five runs in six innings
    Madison Bumgarner escaped with a no-decision after allowing five runs in six innings but the Giants went on to beat the Padres 9-6 in extra innings on Saturday.

    Advice: He put up zeroes in the first three innings but gave up a solo homer in the fourth, a two-run homer in the fifth and another two-run homer in the sixth. He has given up a career-high 26 homers this season, but his home runs allowed rate is still better than league average. Today he surrendered only one hit that didn't leave the yard. He punched out five and issued one free pass. He helped himself at the plate by going 2-for-3 and scoring a run. The five runs allowed were the most he has given up in a game this year. His 2.71 ERA in 219 1/3 innings is still spectacular even after the poor outing. He is likely to get one more start in the regular season. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:36 pm
  • Renfroe swats first big league homer Saturday
    Hunter Renfroe went 2-for-4, scored twice and hit his first major league home run on Saturday versus the Giants.

    Advice: He launched a solo homer off Madison Bumgarner in the fourth inning. He doubled and scored in the sixth. Renfroe hit 30 home runs at Triple-A this season. The 24-year-old former first round draft pick is getting his first cup of coffee in the majors this month. He will likely work his way into the Padres' starting lineup early next season. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:11 pm
  • Bettis pounded for seven runs in 4 2/3 frames
    Chad Bettis was demolished for seven runs -- five earned -- over 4 2/3 innings in a loss to the Dodgers on Saturday.

    Advice: He can't blame this one on Coors Field either. He struggled to throw strikes, walking four on 105 pitches in the short and ugly outing. He gave up eight hits and struck out three. Bettis gave up four runs in the second inning, two more in the fourth and was chased after giving up an RBI single to opposing pitcher Clayton Kershaw in the fifth. His record falls to 13-8 with a 4.92 ERA in 179 1/3 innings. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:52 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. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:46 pm
  • Gordon runs wild on Braves in Marlins victory
    Dee Gordon went 2-for-3 with three stolen bases and two runs scored in the Marlins' 6-4 win over the Braves on Saturday.

    Advice: Gordon had no fear for Braves catcher Anthony Recker, walking and stealing second base in the first inning, stealing third base in the third inning and stealing second again an inning later. The three steals give him 26 steals in 74 games this year. His .257/.298/.320 line leaves something to be desired, but the 28-year-old's speed is a fantasy difference-maker and with a full year to work with in 2017, he should once again be among the cream of the crop at second base. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:28 pm
  • Freeman hits 32nd homer, drives in two
    Freddie Freeman went 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI in a loss to the Marlins on Saturday.

    Advice: Freeman had an RBI single in the first inning before launching his 32nd homer of the year in the sixth. The 32 home runs are a career best, as are his 95 runs scored and six steals. He probably won't touch the 109 RBI he collected in 2013 -- he's got 87 RBI now, with a handful of games left to go -- but there's no question it's been a tremendous year for the 27-year-old. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:23 pm
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