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  • Turner's 2-run blast pushes Dodgers past Pads
    Justin Turner blasted a game-winning two-run homer off Tyson Ross in the eighth inning Thursday to push the Dodgers to a 2-1 victory over the Padres.

    Advice: Los Angeles couldn't get anything going against Ross all night, so it was quite the surprise when Turner blasted the round-tripper over the left field fence right after Carl Crawford reached on an infield single. Turner finished 2-for-3. The utility man has been a revelation whenever called upon in 2014, slashing an impressive .314/.386/.441 over 220 at-bats. As long as Juan Uribe is on the shelf, he'll play every day, making him a solid start in NL-only formats. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:08 pm
    New Player Note
    Justin Turner LAD - 1B,2B,3B,SS
  • Posey homers, doubles twice as Giants win
    Buster Posey finished 4-for-4 with a walk, a pair of doubles, and a solo home run in Thursday's win over the Cubs.

    Advice: Posey homered in the fifth inning off of Travis Wood, breaking a 3-3 tie. It's the fifth time in his career he reached base five times in a game, with the most recent occurring on July 8 last season in a 16-inning loss. Posey owns a .282/.342/.435 slash line along with 14 home runs and 59 RBI on the season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:18 pm
  • Michael Cuddyer will not be traded
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Rockies placed Michael Cuddyer on revocable waivers Sunday but pulled him back after he experienced hamstring soreness.

    Advice: Thus, Rosenthal says the veteran outfielder will not be traded. Cuddyer has had an injury-plagued 2014 season, but he's been awfully productive when healthy the last two years, batting .331/.386/.533. He would have been a nice post-deadline acquisition for a contender. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:08 pm
  • Rizzo's homer the difference in resumed game
    Anthony Rizzo's first-inning, two-run home run was the deciding factor in the Cubs' win over the Giants on Thursday -- a game resumed from Tuesday.

    Advice: The Giants won a protest and Tuesday's match against the Cubs was resumed on Thursday with the Cubs leading 2-0 in the bottom of the fifth. The Giants scored once in the sixth, but Rizzo's home run two days ago stood the test of time and was the reason the Cubs won. Rizzo finished 2-for-4, his other hit being a double. The first baseman now has 29 home runs, 69 RBI, and a .279/.377/.515 slash line. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:21 pm
  • Jordan Pacheco makes game-ending error
    Jordan Pacheco went hitless and committed a game-ending error Thursday as the Diamondbacks lost to the Nationals.

    Advice: This never would have happened if Pacheco were in the minors where he belonged. He's hitting .212 with no homers, two RBI and one walk in 52 at-bats since being picked up by the Diamondbacks. His career WAR is -3.0 right now. The only active player with a worse mark is Greg Dobbs at -3.6, and Dobbs was let go by the Nationals last month. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:08 pm
  • Still no timetable for Joey Votto (quad)
    Joey Votto (quad) remains without a timetable to return.

    Advice: Updates on Votto's progress have been few and far between, which isn't a great sign. The first baseman has yet to resume baseball activities and on Thursday didn't offer any clues as to how far along he is. "So the second I'm capable of playing and I'm no longer injured, I'll be back on the field," Votto said. "In the meantime, you can assume I'm injured." With the Reds rapidly falling out of playoff contention, the probability of Votto eventually being shut down for the season would seem to be rising. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:15 pm
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  • Bochy: I expect Belt back late next month
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy expects Brandon Belt to return in late September.

    Advice: Belt told reporters on Thursday that he needs about three more weeks of rest. Because the minor league schedule will be over at that point, some are beginning to wonder how feasible rushing Belt back into the lineup this season will be. So let's ask Bochy if he expects to write Belt's name into the lineup late next month: "I do," he said. "But part of that is I'm hoping, and that's for his sake, too. I'll put (Hector) Sanchez in the same boat." Sanchez, like Belt, is suffering from a concussion. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:25 pm
    Disabled List
  • Kennys Vargas homers in Twins' victory
    Kennys Vargas went 3-for-4 with an opposite field homer off the Indians' Corey Kluber in the Twins' win Thursday.

    Advice: Despite his willingness to chase pitches off the plate, Vargas is hitting .319 in 19 games since being called up. There's no doubting his power -- he didn't even get all of the ball he hit out today -- but it'll be interesting to see how long he continues to hit for average. He should remain an everyday guy for the Twins through the end of the season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:21 pm
  • Farrell: Craig could have Lisfranc surgery
    Red Sox manager John Farrell said Allen Craig (foot) could consider offseason Lisfranc surgery.

    Advice: "Depends on how he responds to consistent play," Farrell said. Boston activated the outfielder from the disabled list earlier in the day Thursday, but it's clear all is not well with Craig's troubled foot. You'll recall he underwent Lisfranc surgery last year. Craig is the designated hitter in Thursday's game against the Angels. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:20 pm
  • Napoli (back) out again Thursday vs. Angels
    Mike Napoli is out of the Red Sox starting lineup again on Thursday due to back spasms.

    Advice: The minor back injury also kept him out of action on Wednesday night. He is considered day-to-day. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:49 pm
  • Ortiz not in Red Sox lineup on Thursday night
    David Ortiz (back) is not in the Red Sox starting lineup on Thursday night against the Angels.

    Advice: Ortiz went 4-for-4 and clubbed his 30th home run of the season on Wednesday, but he had to be lifted early due to general soreness. Allen Craig is DHing on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:48 pm
  • Red Sox activate Allen Craig (foot) from DL
    Red Sox activated OF Allen Craig from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Craig is serving as the designated hitter in Thursday's series finale against the Angels. The Red Sox will likely take it easy with the 30-year-old down the stretch this season, given how badly he's struggled since coming off his late-2013 Lisfranc injury. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:46 pm
  • Posey (hip) back in Giants' lineup Thursday
    Buster Posey (hip) will be back in the Giants' starting lineup on Thursday against the Cubs.

    Advice: The Giants first have to finish out a suspended game and then will play a full nine innings after that. Posey, who sat out Wednesday after experiencing some discomfort in his left hip, is expected to participate in both. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:05 pm
  • Miguel Cabrera aggravated ankle injury Wed.
    Miguel Cabrera aggravated a right ankle injury on a slide into home plate on Wednesday night.

    Advice: James Schmehl of MLive.com says "it's minor, but something to keep an eye on." Cabrera is serving as the Tigers' designated hitter on Thursday afternoon in Tampa Bay. The perennial MVP candidate is having a relatively down year, with an .885 OPS and 17 homers in 123 games. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:07 am
  • Athletics 1B prospect Olson hits 36th homer
    Athletics first base prospect Matt Olson went 2-for-4 with a home run and a walk for High-A Stockton on Wednesday.

    Advice: Olson leads the California League and is third in all of minor league baseball with 36 home runs for the season. He has been white-hot in August, hitting .293/.424/.600 with five doubles and six home runs over 19 games, raising his overall season line to .254/.400/.543. The California League is hitter friendly, but Stockton is slightly slanted toward pitchers, which makes Olson's higher output at home (.253/.396/.589 with 21 homers) as opposed to on the road (.256/.405/.493 with 15 homers) all the more impressive. He won't be up until mid-2015 at the earliest, but he has the power to be among the home run leaders in the major leagues once he's established. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:41 am
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  • Ishikawa goes 3-for-5 with 2 doubles, 3 RBI
    Travis Ishikawa went 3-for-5 with two doubles, three RBI and a run scored in Wednesday's 8-3 victory over the Cubs.

    Advice: Ishikawa went 2-for-3 against the Cubs on Opening Day back on March 31, when he was a member of the Pirates; this was his first multi-hit game since then. He hit .161 with a .583 OPS in April and quickly found himself on the streets as a free agent. He returned to the Giants on a minor league deal and has slashed .206/.263/.382 in sporadic playing time. Ishikawa isn't a fantasy option. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:46 pm
  • Ortiz removed with general soreness Wednesday
    David Ortiz left Wednesday's game with "general soreness," according to Red Sox manager John Farrell.

    Advice: Ortiz was 4-for-4 with a home run before being pinch-hit for in the ninth inning. The ailments don't sound serious, but he may get a day off soon to rest and recover. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:16 pm
  • David Ortiz homers before exiting
    David Ortiz went 4-for-4 and hit his 30th home run before being removed for a pinch-hitter Wednesday against the Angels.

    Advice: Ortiz had some general soreness, manager John Farrell said after the game. He declined to add whether Ortiz might get Thursday off. Ortiz's homer gave him 30 for the eighth time in his career, tying him with Ted Williams for the most among Red Sox players. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:15 pm
  • Steve Pearce launches 13th homer
    Steve Pearce hit his 13th homer Wednesday and has six extra-base hits in his last four games.

    Advice: Pearce had a putrid July and was being turned back into a bench player before Manny Machado got hurt. Given a reprieve, he suddenly found his stroke again Sunday, collecting as many extra-base hits these last four days as he had total the previous month and a half. The Orioles will find room for him as long as he hits, so those desperate for power in mixed leagues might want to give him another look. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:05 pm
  • Sanchez helps Pirates walk off with a sac fly
    Gaby Sanchez hit a walk-off sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Pirates defeated the Braves 3-2 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Jordy Mercer was on third base with one out following a fielding error by Justin Upton. Sanchez then lifted a fly ball to deep center field, allowing Mercer to score the winning run uncontested. Sanchez finished 1-for-2 with a walk and the RBI on the night. In 233 plate appearances this season, Sanchez is slashing .233/.300/.400 with six home runs and 27 RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:15 pm
  • Olt placed on Iowa's DL with hamstring strain
    Mike Olt was placed on the disabled list by the Iowa Cubs with a hamstring strain.

    Advice: Olt has been in the minors since being demoted on July 23. He owns a .302/.348/.585 line in the minors this season but has struggled with the big club. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:11 pm
    Player Note
    Mike Olt ChC - 1B,3B
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  • Duda clubs three-run homer vs. A's
    Lucas Duda went 2-for-4 with a three-run homer, a walk, and two runs scored in Wednesday's win over the A's.

    Advice: His three-run blast was the big blow in a five-run third inning against Jeff Samardzija. Duda is now up to 23 homers and 69 RBI on the year and ranks 12th in the NL with an .841 OPS. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:15 pm
    Player Note
    Lucas Duda NYM - 1B,OF
  • Belt (concussion) 2-3 wks. away from activity
    Brandon Belt (concussion) was told following an exam in Pittsburgh that he's still at least 2-3 weeks away from being cleared for doing any physical activity.

    Advice: Belt initially suffered the concussion on July 19 and returned to the disabled list earlier this month after he experienced recurring symptoms. The Giants and fantasy owners can't count on much from him the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:37 pm
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  • Buster Posey out Wednesday with hip tightness
    Buster Posey is out of Wednesday's lineup against the Cubs after his left hip flared up.

    Advice: The issue affected his at-bats on Tuesday, so he has been getting treatment all day Wednesday. He's available off the bench and the hope is that he'll be ready to go Thursday. Consider him day-to-day. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:34 pm
  • Cuddyer (hamstring) expects to return Friday
    Michael Cuddyer (hamstring) expects to return Friday.

    Advice: Cuddyer is out of the Rockies' starting lineup again on Wednesday due to hamstring soreness, but it's not a major injury. The Rockies are off on Thursday and then begin a three-game series with the Marlins on Friday night. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 1:58 pm
  • Posey not in Giants' lineup on Wednesday
    Buster Posey is not in the Giants' starting lineup Wednesday night at Wrigley Field.

    Advice: It's just a day of rest. Andrew Susac is catching Jake Peavy and Travis Ishikawa is at first base. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 1:44 pm
  • Napoli out Wednesday due to back spasms
    Mike Napoli is out Wednesday with back spasms.

    Advice: It shouldn't be more than a day or two before he feels better. Napoli has a cool .266/.385/.446 batting line with 15 home runs and 45 RBI in 101 games this year. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 1:20 pm
  • White Sox could try Conor Gillaspie in OF
    The White Sox are considering giving Conor Gillaspie some playing time in the outfield.

    Advice: The idea is geared more towards next season as the Sox try to find out how versatile Gillaspie can be. The 27-year-old sports a nice .309/.360/.451 batting line as the club's starting third baseman next season, but the Pale Hose would be better off in the long haul if they're not counting on Gillaspie to be more than a backup. "I will,'' Gillaspie said when asked about if he'd be willing to play the outfield. "I'm sure I could get the hang of it. If not this year, then for sure in the spring. Whatever it is they want me to do. If it means I can stay here and play, I'll do whatever they ask.'' Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:11 am
  • James Loney goes 3-for-4, homers
    James Loney went 3-for-4 and hit a three-run homer off Detroit's Max Scherzer on Tuesday.

    Advice: Loney's having his nicest surge of the season to date, with a .333 average and 10 RBI in 17 games this month. He has just seven homers overall, but the Rays knew what they were signing up for when they gave him a three-year deal last winter. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:04 pm
  • David Ortiz hits 29th homer against Angels
    David Ortiz went 2-for-3 with a homer and two walks Tuesday against the Angels.

    Advice: The second walk was intentional, coming courtesy of Huston Street in the ninth. Ortiz is just one homer away from getting to 30 for the eighth time in his career. He has an outside shot at reaching 40 for the first time since he hit a career-best 54 in 2006. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:27 pm
  • Cuddyer out Tuesday due to sore hamstring
    Michael Cuddyer is sitting out Tuesday night against the Royals because of hamstring soreness.

    Advice: Drew Stubbs is starting in center field and Charlie Blackmon is starting in right field versus Kansas City. Cuddyer has been a highly-productive player for the Rockies when healthy, but the veteran outfielder has appeared in just 33 of the club's 124 games in 2014. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 2:30 pm
  • Allen Craig (foot) nearing return from DL
    Red Sox manager John Farrell said on MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM on Tuesday that he expects Allen Craig (foot) to come off the disabled list by the end of the week.

    Advice: Craig began a minor league rehab assignment Monday with Triple-A Pawtucket and went 0-for-2 with a walk. He'll likely play another couple of games in the minors before rejoining the Red Sox. The 30-year-old has been sidelined since August 5 with a left foot injury. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:00 am
  • Rizzo slugs 28th home run in Cubs' victory
    Anthony Rizzo went 2-for-4 with a home run in the Cubs' defeat of the Mets on Monday afternoon.

    Advice: Rizzo walked in the fourth inning, doubled and scored in the sixth inning, and then hit a solo shot off in the eighth inning. The 25-year-old first baseman had been in a mild slump for part of August but still has a fantastic .276/.376/.507 batting line with 28 home runs and 67 RBI in 122 games this season. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 12:13 pm
  • Duda slugs 22nd home run in loss to Cubs
    Lucas Duda slugged his 22nd home run of the season Monday in the Mets' loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: It was a solo shot in the fourth inning off Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks and gave the Mets their only run of the game. Duda has a cool .839 OPS and 66 RBI this season. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 12:07 pm
    Player Note
    Lucas Duda NYM - 1B,OF
  • Cuddyer hits for cycle as Rockies sweep Reds
    Michael Cuddyer hit for the cycle and drove home three runs, leading the Rockies to a 10-5 victory in the second game of Sunday's doubleheader against the Reds.

    Advice: It's the second time in Cuddyer's career that he's hit for the cycle, accomplishing the feat with the Twins in 2009. He got the hardest part out of the way early with a triple in the first inning. After striking out in his second at-bat, Cuddyer homered off Dylan Axelrod to start the sixth inning, added a single in the seventh and hammered a two-run double in the eighth. The 35-year-old is hitting .331/.376/.546 with six homers and 19 RBI on the season, and should provide a nice boost to fantasy owners down the stretch. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 10:39 pm
  • Vargas' big game not enough for Twins in loss
    Kennys Vargas had an RBI single, a double, and a two-run home run in four at-bats, but the Twins were out-slugged by the Royals in a loss on Sunday.

    Advice: The 24-year-old rookie has performed well since making his big league debut at the start of the month. In 66 plate appearances, he has a .317/.364/.500 slash line with three home runs and 15 RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 3:31 pm
  • Gillaspie hits salami as White Sox top Jays
    Conor Gillaspie walked and hit a grand slam in four trips to the plate as the White Sox held on to defeat the Blue Jays on Sunday.

    Advice: Gillaspie smoked a grand slam off of Drew Hutchison in the first inning, providing the first four runs in what turned out to be a six-run frame. Gillaspie has been a good find for the White Sox, as he has five home runs, 46 RBI, and an impressive .311/.363/.456 slash line on the season. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 2:34 pm
  • Steve Pearce blasts 12th homer
    Steve Pearce doubled and smacked a solo homer in Sunday's win over the Indians.

    Advice: He scored a pair of runs on the day. Pearce has predictably faded since his monster June but still sports a .284/.352/.502 for the season. His 12 home runs this year triple his previous career high. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 1:35 pm
  • Joey Votto moved to 60-day disabled list
    Reds transferred 1B Joey Votto from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: The move cleared space on the 40-man roster for Dylan Axelrod. Votto cannot return until early September now, but he wasn't expected back before then, anyway. He's yet to resume baseball activities. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:07 am
    Disabled List
  • Ortiz homers twice, moves into RBI lead
    David Ortiz homered twice, doubled and drove in six runs to lead the Red Sox past the Astros 10-7 on Saturday.

    Advice: It's Ortiz's 45th career two-homer game and his fifth with six RBI. He's never had more of either in a contest, though. Ortiz now leads the majors with 91 RBI this year, which is especially impressive given his team's trouble scoring runs. The Red Sox's No. 1 and No. 2 hitter have gotten on base at just a .318 clip for the year. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:18 pm
  • Rockies activate OF Cuddyer from 60-day DL
    Rockies activated OF Michael Cuddyer from the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Cuddyer is batting second in his return to the Rockies' lineup Saturday after missing three months with a fracture in his left shoulder. He's been highly productive when healthy during his time with Colorado and should hold significant fantasy value down the stretch. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 1:51 pm
  • Allen Craig to start rehab assignment Monday
    Allen Craig (foot) will start a rehab assignment on Monday with Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: Craig, who has been out since August 5 because of a left foot injury, is expected to spend 2-3 days at Pawtucket before returning to Boston. His foot problem dates back to late-2013 and he holds an ugly .237/.291/.348 batting line this season between the Cardinals and Red Sox. Craig can't be trusted to provide much fantasy value down the stretch. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 1:35 pm
  • Loney homers in win over Yankees
    James Loney went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in Friday's 5-0 win over the Yankees.

    Advice: Loney drove in a run with a fielder's choice in the first inning and later took Esmil Rogers deep in the eighth. The veteran first baseman has delivered three straight multi-hit games and now owns a .289/.341/.378 batting line on the year. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:17 pm
  • Miguel Cabrera reaches three times in loss
    Miguel Cabrera had a nice night in Friday's loss to the Mariners, going 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and a run scored.

    Advice: Cabrera also walked in the ballgame. While he's having a down year by his standards, he's still hitting a solid .309/.370/.512 with 17 homers and 86 RBI. He also leads the league with 39 doubles. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:03 pm
  • Belt (concussion) to see specialist next week
    Brandon Belt (concussion) will see a specialist in Pittsburgh next week to determine the severity of his injury.

    Advice: He'll head to Pittsburgh when the Giants head to Chicago to begin a three game series on Tuesday. The Giants should have an update on his status and potential timetable for his return after that appointment. It's the second time that concussion symptoms have forced him to the disabled list in recent weeks, so the Giants will take every possible precaution and won't rush him back into action. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 4:44 pm
    Disabled List
  • Allen Craig (foot) nearing rehab assignment
    Allen Craig (foot) could begin a rehab assignment on Sunday or Monday.

    Advice: He's not expected to need many rehab games, so an activation early next week is likely if all goes well. Craig is dealing with a left foot injury, but an MRI cleared him of having an aggravation of last year's Lisfranc fracture. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:10 pm
  • Cuddyer (shoulder) to be activated Saturday
    Michael Cuddyer (shoulder) is scheduled to be activated from the disabled list on Saturday.

    Advice: Cuddyer is playing his eighth and final rehab game on Thursday. He'll rest Friday before being activated Saturday if all is well. "He's going to play today and tomorrow is going to be a travel day for him," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "If everything goes OK, he has a chance to be in the starting lineup for us on Saturday." Cuddyer has been sidelined since early June with a broken left shoulder. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:54 pm
  • Mike Napoli goes deep as Red Sox win
    Mike Napoli belted a two-run homer and drove in three runs on the day in Wednesday's victory over the Reds.

    Advice: Napoli plated a run with a fielder's choice in the first before putting the Red Sox ahead for good with an opposite-field, two-run jack in the fifth. He's homered three times in his last 10 games. Daniel Nava also had a nice day at the dish for Boston, going 2-for-3 with an RBI single. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 12:45 pm
  • Votto aims for baseball activity in late Aug.
    The Reds are hoping Joey Votto (quad) will be ready to resume baseball activities during the last 7-10 days of August.

    Advice: "That's just an optimist's view," manager Bryan Price admitted. "There's really no way to tell 100 percent of when he will initiate his reintroduction to all the baseball stuff." Votto to this point has been limited to strengthening exercises. The Reds don't expect him to require a rehab assignment, so he should be able to return shortly after beginning baseball activities. However, it's obvious that his timetable is still very much up in the air. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:06 am
    Disabled List
  • Rizzo hits 26th home run in win over Brewers
    Anthony Rizzo hit his 26th home run of the season in a win over the Brewers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Rizzo took Brewers starter Wily Peralta deep for a solo shot in the sixth inning. The first baseman is now second in the National League with 26 homers, and his 76 runs scored are third-most in the NL. He's hitting .278/.379/.501 on the season. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:52 pm
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