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  • Moreland cranks grand slam on Saturday
    Mitch Moreland crushed a grand slam in the first inning to lead the Rangers over the Indians on Saturday.

    Advice: The big fly pretty much ended the game before it began as the Indians never did cross the plate all night. Moreland scored a run in the third inning on an Elvis Andrus double. He finished the night 1-for-3 with four RBI and two runs scored. He has a .253 batting average with 22 home runs and 55 RBI on the season. Yesterday, 9:02 pm
  • Votto drills 21st home run of the season
    Joey Votto went 2-for-4 with a two-run blast in Saturday's whipping of the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: The other hit was a double. Votto has been wreaking an unholy vengeance on baseballs since the All Star break. Entering tonight's game he was batting .442/.542/.682 in the second half of the season (38 games). That line will be even scarier after tonight's action. He started the season with a two-month slump that is keeping his season-long numbers depressed. Overall he is batting .311/.435/.527 with 21 home runs, 76 RBI, 82 runs scored and eight stolen bases. Yesterday, 8:29 pm
  • Beckham goes 3-for-4 on Saturday
    Tim Beckham drew a start at first base and went 3-for-4 with a double in a loss to the Astros on Saturday.

    Advice: One of the hits was a double but none of his three hits factored into the scoring. He was the first overall pick of the 2008 draft but failed to develop into anything more than a utility infielder in the major leagues. He is batting .235/.285/.433 with five home runs and 16 RBI in 187 at-bats on the season. Yesterday, 7:43 pm
  • Johnson clubs pinch-hit grand slam
    Kelly Johnson clubbed a pinch-hit grand slam in Saturday’s lopsided win over the Phillies.

    Advice: The Mets hit four home runs on the night and now have 87 homers at Citi Field this season, their most since the stadium opened in 2009. Johnson has been a useful piece since making his return to the Mets, hitting .293 with eight homers in 56 games. He has four pinch-hit homers, which is one shy of the club record. Yesterday, 7:22 pm
    New Player Note
    Kelly Johnson NYM - 1B,2B,3B,OF
  • Jose Abreu blasts 18th homer to power ChiSox
    Jose Abreu blasted his 18th home run of the season on Saturday, powering the White Sox in a 9-3 victory over the Mariners.

    Advice: He wasn't alone, as teammates Avisail Garcia, Tyler Saladino and Alex Avila also left the yard. Abreu's solo shot in the first inning gave the White Sox an early 2-0 advantage. He finished the night 1-for-5 and is now hitting .285/.341/.455 with 18 homers and 72 RBI on the year. Yesterday, 7:11 pm
  • Belt (neck) scratched from Saturday's lineup
    Brandon Belt was a late scratch from Saturday's lineup against the Braves due to a stiff neck.

    Advice: It's probably safe to call him day-to-day. Conor Gillaspie will fill in at first base and bat fifth. Yesterday, 5:53 pm
  • Victor Martinez ejected from Saturday's game
    Victor Martinez was ejected from Saturday's game against the Angels in the middle of an at-bat in the third inning.

    Advice: V-Mart got tossed after expressing his displeasure with the strike zone of home plate umpire Mike Everitt. After being ejected, he had to be restrained by Tigers manager Brad Ausmus and teammate J.D. Martinez. He then threw his helmet back onto the field after returning to the dugout. It was quite a display. Tyler Collins replaced him at designated hitter. Yesterday, 5:43 pm
  • Matt Carpenter getting the day off Saturday
    Matt Carpenter is not in the Cardinals' lineup Saturday against the Athletics.

    Advice: Carpenter is just getting a breather. Brandon Moss will handle first base in his absence and bat third against A's right-hander Zach Neal. Carpenter enjoyed a monster first half but has slumped since the All-Star break (.219 AVG in 73 at-bats). Yesterday, 1:55 pm
  • Chris Davis homers twice in loss to Yankees
    Chris Davis belted a pair of home runs as the Orioles were crushed by the Yankees on Saturday afternoon.

    Advice: Davis got the O's on the board with a two-run shot off of Chad Green in the third inning then added on a towering solo shot in the fifth as part of back-to-back jacks with Mark Trumbo. Davis finished the afternoon 2-for-3 and is now hitting .227/.340/.482 with 32 homers and 72 RBI on the season. Yesterday, 1:39 pm
  • Edwin Encarnacion goes deep in win over Twins
    Edwin Encarnacion connected on his 36th home run of the season in Saturday's come-from-behind 8-7 victory over the Twins.

    Advice: He tagged Twins starter Ervin Santana for the two-run blast in the sixth inning, pulling the Jays to within two runs at 5-3. He then added an RBI single in the seventh to cut the deficit to one at 7-6. Encarnacion finished the afternoon 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored and three RBI. He's now hitting .271/.361/.557 with 36 homers and 105 RBI on the season. Yesterday, 1:17 pm
  • Trevor Plouffe homers again, Twins fall late
    Trevor Plouffe homered for the second consecutive game on Saturday, but it wasn't enough to lead the Twins to victory over the Blue Jays in Toronto.

    Advice: Plouffe tagged Bo Schultz for a two-run blast in the seventh inning that increased the Twins' advantage to 7-3. That would be the extent of their scoring on the afternoon though, leaving room for the Jays to mount a late-inning comeback. Plouffe also singled, finishing the afternoon 2-for-3 plus a walk. He's hitting .257/.297/.409 with nine homers and 39 RBI on the season. Yesterday, 1:16 pm
  • Danny Valencia not in A's lineup on Saturday
    Danny Valencia is not in the Athletics starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Cardinals.

    Advice: It appears to be just a day of rest for Valencia. Ryan Healy is getting the start at the hot corner while Yonder Alonso mans first base for the A's against Alex Reyes and the Cardinals. Yesterday, 12:35 pm
  • Mariners recall Dae-Ho Lee from Triple-A
    Mariners recalled 1B/DH Dae-Ho Lee from Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: With Tom Wilhelmsen being placed on the disabled list, they were able to recall Lee even though it has been fewer than 10 days since he was optioned out. With the Mariners facing several left-handed starters in the coming days, he should see significant action. Yesterday, 12:32 pm
  • Brad Miller not in Rays lineup on Saturday
    Brad Miller is not in the Rays starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Astros.

    Advice: Nothing more than a routine day of rest for the power-hitting infielder. Tim Beckham is drawing the start in his place at first base and will bat fifth against Dallas Keuchel and the Astros on Saturday. Yesterday, 12:19 pm
    New Player Note
    Brad Miller TB - 1B,2B,SS,OF
  • Scott Van Slyke to undergo wrist surgery
    Scott Van Slyke is set to undergo season-ending surgery on his right wrist.

    Advice: He sustained the injury in May and there had been hope that he could rehab and return before the end of the season, but they'll opt for surgery instead. He should be fully recovered and ready to go for spring training. Yesterday, 11:22 am
    60-Day DL
  • Joe Mauer (quad) returns to Twins lineup
    Joe Mauer (quad) returned to the Twins starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Mauer missed the past three games due to a strained quad. He's back in his customary second spot in the Twins lineup and starting at first base against Marcus Stroman and the Blue Jays on Saturday. Yesterday, 8:47 am
  • Chris Johnson has walk-off hit vs. Padres
    Chris Johnson delivered a walk-off ground-rule double in Friday’s 7-6 victory over the Padres.

    Advice: Johnson wasn’t in the starting lineup, but he came off the bench in the fourth inning and went hitless over his first three at-bats before playing hero in the bottom of the ninth. The 30-year-old was an unlikely candidate, as he’s batting just .230/.288/.347 over 99 games this season. He gets most of his playing time against southpaws, but isn’t even hitting them well. Friday, 9:20 pm
  • Daniel Murphy crushes 25th homer in win
    Daniel Murphy crushed his 25th home run of the year on Friday, propelling the Nationals to an 8-5 victory over the Rockies.

    Advice: Murphy finished the night 1-for-3 plus a walk and scored a pair of runs. He plated a run with an RBI ground out in the third inning before belting his solo shot off of Rockies starter Jeff Hoffman in the fourth. Not only is Murphy leading the National League in hitting (.346), but he has already completely demolished his previous career bests in home runs (14) and RBI (78). Thoroughly enjoying his first season in Washington, Murphy is slashing .346/.390/.615 with 25 long balls and 98 RBI. Friday, 7:46 pm
    Player Note
    Daniel Murphy Was - 1B,2B,3B
  • Ben Paulsen optioned to Triple-A
    Rockies optioned 1B/OF Ben Paulsen to Triple-A Albuquerque.

    Advice: Paulsen got a shot at the first base job with Mark Reynolds (hand) going down but picked up just three hits in 26 at-bats. It appears the Rockies will go with Gerardo Parra and Ryan Raburn at first now. Friday, 5:27 am
    Player Note
    Ben Paulsen Col - 1B,OF
    Not Active
  • Goldschmidt singles, scores in low-scoring L
    Paul Goldschmidt went 1-for-4 with a single and a run scored in Thursday's loss to the Braves.

    Advice: Goldschmidt was one of just two Diamondbacks to record hits on the evening (Jean Segura also notched a single). Goldy would come around to score on a Chris Owings RBI ground out in the seventh for the team's lone run of the contest. The All-Star first baseman is slashing .304/.421/.505 with 20 homers and 78 RBI across 461 at-bats. Thursday, 9:46 pm
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